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12 Phrasal Verbs about CLOTHES: dress up, try on, take off…


Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today’s
video, I am going to teach you some phrasal verbs about getting dressed and putting on clothes.
Okay? So it’s about clothes. What’s a phrasal verb? A phrasal verb is when you
have a verb and you have a preposition. So it’s a verb plus preposition is a phrasal verb.
Students usually hate phrasal verbs. There’s so many of them in English and they’re
very difficult to remember. So, in this video, I’m going to teach you maybe 12 or 13 phrasal
verbs that will really help you to improve your English. So let’s get started. The first verb I want
to teach you is: “dress up”. Okay. “Dress up”. What does it mean “to dress up”? When you
dress up, maybe you have a hot, hot date. Maybe there’s the boy or the girl of your
dreams and you want to look good – you will dress up, meaning you will wear something
that looks extra good. So, for example, right now, I’m wearing this sweater, not dressed up.
If I wanted to dress up, oh, look here, maybe I would put on this nice dress. Okay?
So dress up. Here’s my sentence: “I have a date. I have a date.
I should dress up tonight.” Okay. “Zip up”. So again: “dress up”, “zip up”.
What does “zip up” mean? Well, I’ll show you. Did you see that? “Zipping up” means
you have a zipper and you pull it up. “Zip up! It’s cold!” Mothers love
to say this to their children: “Zip up your jacket so you won’t be cold.” Very similar to zip up, is: “button up”. When
you “button up” something, you don’t zip up, you have buttons. So let me show you. So I
will take off my sweater and I will put on a new jacket with buttons. Okay, so if I button
up my jacket… Maybe… Where is the button? Okay, here we go. Just like this. Okay?
So I buttoned up my jacket. Okay, good. “I should button up my jacket.” The next expression I want to teach you: “do up”.
So all of these: “up”, “up”, “up”, “up”. If you “do something up”, it means you either
button it up or you zip up. “Do up” means the same thing as “zip up” and “button up”.
“I must do up my jacket.” Means: I should button up my jacket, do up your jacket.
Okay? It’s all the same. “Have on”. “What do you have on right now?” It means the same thing as: “wearing”. What
are you wearing? What do you have on? Pay special attention, the preposition is: “on”. Okay?
So tell me, what does Emma have on right now? Emma has a hat on. Well, it’s not exactly a
hat; it’s a shower cap. I like to take baths, so this is for the shower. “Put on”. “I put on my hat.” Okay? When you put something on, it’s
just putting on. “I put on my hat.” What’s the opposite of: “put on”? Oh, I don’t have it here.
Well, you will see it in a moment. But I put on
– “take off”. I took off my hat. Next expression: “throw on”.
“I threw on my hat.” Can you guess what this means? If I “throw
it on”, it means I do it quickly. Okay? “I threw on my hat and I ran out the door.”,
“I threw on my hat and I went to school.”, “I threw on my jacket and I went to school.”
So it means you put on clothes very quickly. I’m going to take off my hat. I
think it’s a little too colourful. “Try on”. What does it mean “to try something on”?
If you ever go to a store and you see: “Oh, look at that dress. It’s the most beautiful
dress.” I’m going to try it on, meaning I’m going to put it on at the store to see if I like it.
So “try on” is for shopping. You usually go to a small room, a fitting room,
and you see if you like the outfit by putting it on. So it’s about stores. “At the
store, I tried on a shirt.”, “At the store, I tried on the shoes, I tried on the
hat.” So this is the expression: “try on”. Again: “on”, “on”, “on”, “on”. And the first
four were: “up”, “up”, “up”, “up”. It’s very important that you use the correct prepositions.
If I say: “Do down”, or: “do in”, or: “do off”, these maybe don’t make any sense or they
have different meanings. So the preposition is what makes the meaning. So let me teach you
some more expressions about getting dressed. Okay, so I already explained: “take off”, but
I wanted you to see how it’s spelt. “Take off”. I took off my hat, now I have no hat.
“I took off my jacket.” Means to take off your jacket. Okay, so it’s
the opposite of: “put on”. I put on my hat and I took off my hat. Another really good phrasal verb to learn is: “kick off”.
Sometimes when you go home, your feet hurt, you’ve been wearing your shoes
all day, you take off your shoes, you can also say: “you kicked off your shoes.” So, in…
It’s specific to shoes. You don’t kick off your shirt, you don’t kick off your sweater.
You “kick off” your shoes, meaning: you take off your shoes. “She kicked off
her shoes when she went home.” “She kicked off her high heels.” You know
high heels, they’re those uncomfortable, tall shoes? “She kicked off her shoes.” “Wear in”. So you know the verb: “to wear”.
When you “wear something in”, it means you have something that’s new and it’s sort of uncomfortable.
Sometimes when we buy new shoes, they’re kind of tight, they’re a little bit
uncomfortable. The more we wear them, the more comfortable they become. So when we talk
about wearing in something, it means we take something new, wear it a lot until it
becomes comfortable. So, for example: “My feet hurt”-because I’m wearing new
shoes-“I need to wear my shoes in.” Meaning: I need to put on my shoes many times,
walk in these shoes until they become comfortable. “Hang up”, okay? Just like hanging up the
phone-click-we have this expression for getting dressed. “Hang up”, what does it mean? Well,
let’s see if you can guess by my example: “Don’t leave your clothes on the floor.
Hang them up.” So “hanging up” means when you put your clothes
either in a closet, when you take them off the floor and you put them high up, usually
in a closet so they don’t wrinkle, so your clothes stay and look nice. So that’s: “hang up”.
When you put your clothes in the closet, you hang them up. And again, look carefully at
the prepositions. “Up”, “in”, “off”, “off”. It’s very important to remember the prepositions
because otherwise, it changes the meaning. So I hope you come visit our website at: www.engvid.com.
You can do a quiz there where you can practice these phrasal verbs. With phrasal verbs, it’s
very, very important to practice so you start to really think every time you see: “hang
up”, you know what it means. Okay? Phrasal verbs you need to practice a lot. So visit
our website to practice these verbs. Until next time, take care.

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100 thoughts on “12 Phrasal Verbs about CLOTHES: dress up, try on, take off…

  1. Dress up. Zip up. Button up. Do up. Have on = special attention. What do you have on right now. Put on. Try on. Throw on. Take off. Kick off. Wear in. Hang up =don't leave your clothes on the floor hang them up

  2. Small things but very informative and supportive for an eager learner and the speaker who wants to be impeccable.

  3. Thank you Emma for these wonderful lessens. I am learning a lot from you videos.
    I think you can say the example for TRY ON in two different ways. Maybe I am wrong but this is the example sentences: I try on this shirt or I try this shirt on. Please let me know what do you think.

  4. Hi Ema your language is very clear . Can I use your vedios but I use mother language to explain the materials

  5. Hello Emma: you are an excellent teacher and good actress… I am learning English and I could understand all you said…

  6. Phrasal verbs are numerous and it's so difficult to retain all of them by just memorizing them into our mind .I think the most appropriate method in keeping phrasal verbs is by practicing examples ; I mean we ought to put a phrasal verb in a sentence from our own choice . That's my favourite technique that I find so efficient and meaningful .I have a list of all English phrasal verbs with the meanings and the examples but unfortunately , the table pattern hasn't led to wanted goals because in that event , I become completely dependent on the pattern .

  7. I m from vietnam. I can understand amost what you say but i think i need some more help from you with my english? Do you mind?

  8. WRONG – Students love Phrasal Verbs! Teachers hate teaching them and often leave it too late to introduce them, then (as in this appalling error filled video) try and teach too many at once.

  9. Hi, Emma, I love the way ua teaching, the way ua expression…I learn alot from you… you're awesome 👍 keep going..

  10. well, there's a trick about Prepositions with transportation which is (anything you can walk in it) Use = "On" for instance :
    ( "on the bus", "On the subway", "On the ship" and "on the plane), On the contrary (anything you CAN NOT walk in it) Use = in
    for instance : ("In the car", "in a truck" and "in a helicopter") >> so bottom line : If you must sit inside the vehicle, we use in.
    (it is almost impossible to stand in them.) ——— If you can stand or walk on the vehicle, then we use on.
    i hope that's helpful for anybody! and of course ,, i agree with you ,, we have to learn prepositons in context … ^_^

  11. I recently bought a "zip off pants" or convertible pants for traveling and/or hiking. You can zip their lowest part off and they convert into shorts. This kind of garment has not been included in this video, but I still love it! Thanks for sharing.

  12. AJ: forget grammar rules. you're just listen listen listen… and speak.

    Hmm.. I listen to emma and get many rules of english. but I can't speak wkwkwk

  13. what does between as…as and so……as.sir, please give a class on this statement. sir, i am from Bangladesh. my name is nahid.

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