Face Up to Phrasals 2: Amanda and Daisy – A friend in need?
Fred and Betty have been dating for years. They have always been a very happy couple… or have they?
Listen to Fred and Betty’s phone call AND learn lots of new phrasal verbs with the first series of Face up to Phrasals.
Narrator: Episode 1: Daisy quizzes Amanda.
Daisy: Hey Amanda, you didn’t get back to me about the party. Are you and Johnny coming?
Narrator: Does Amanda have other plans? Why didn’t she reply to Daisy’s invitation?!!! Find out in episode 2 of Amanda and Daisy: A Friend in Need?
Narrator: Episode 2: Amanda’s Confession. Daisy wants to know if Amanda and Johnny are going to the party.
Amanda: Well, actually, something came up. I don’t think I can make the party.
Narrator: Why doesn’t Amanda want to go to the party? Doesn’t she want to have fun?!
Narrator: Episode 3: Daisy is Angry. Amanda and Daisy are invited to a party, but Amanda says she isn’t going. How does Daisy feel about that?
Daisy: What! I told you about this party weeks ago! What are you playing at, Amanda?!
Narrator: Can Daisy control her temper? Will the two friends split up?!!!
Narrator: Episode 4: Amanda Fights Back! Amanda and Johnny are invited to a party, but Daisy is very angry, because Amanda says she isn’t going. How does Amanda react to Daisy’s anger?
Amanda: Calm down, Daisy, I just have other plans …
Narrator: Other plans? What other plans? What’s Daisy going to say now?
Narrator: Episode 5: Daisy Plays Detective. Amanda and Johnny are invited to a party, but Amanda says she isn’t going. Daisy thinks she knows the reason why …
Daisy: This is about you and Johnny, isn’t it? Isn’t it time that you two made up?
Narrator: Is Daisy right? Has she discovered the truth about Amanda?
Narrator: Episode 6: What’s Going On? Amanda and Johnny are invited to a party, but Amanda says she isn’t going. Daisy thinks it’s because Amanda has had a fight with her boyfriend.
Amanda: No, it’s not that at all … I just don’t feel up to going to the party …
Narrator: So what exactly is Amanda’s problem? Why won’t she go?
Narrator: Episode 7: Relax! Amanda doesn’t want to go to the party. Daisy thinks that Amanda’s having boyfriend problems …
Daisy: Listen Amanda … I know Johnny still really likes you, don’t freak out about it!
Narrator: Poor Amanda. But is she really having man trouble? Daisy seems to think so!
Narrator: Episode 8: When Amanda Met Johnny. Daisy is worried about Amanda. She thinks Amanda is having problems with her boyfriend Johnny. But what’s Amanda’s side of the story?
Amanda: Well, actually, the last time I bumped into Johnny, I ignored him because-
Narrator: Because what? What happened? Why did Amanda ignore Johnny?
Narrator: Episode 9: Lessons in Love. Amanda doesn’t want to come the party. Daisy thinks that it’s because Amanda had an argument with Johnny.
Daisy: Don’t worry about a little thing like that! You two go back for years!
Narrator: Is Daisy right? Will Amanda and Johnny stay together? And will they go to the party?
Narrator: Episode 10: Just Shut Up! Amanda’s trying to tell Daisy why she doesn’t want to come to the party. Daisy thinks it’s because Amanda had an argument with Johnny. But what’s Amanda’s side of the story?
Amanda: Will you just stop butting in, Daisy, you’re not listening to me!
Narrator: Ooh, what’s up with her? Maybe Daisy should shut up and let Amanda tell her what’s going on. Hmmm …
Narrator: Amanda and Daisy: A Friend in Need? Episode 11: Make Up or Break Up? Amanda is trying to get Daisy to understand why she doesn’t want to go to the party. Has Daisy got the message yet?
Daisy: I know you can work things out with Johnny, you were made for each other!
Narrator: Oh Daisy, you’re such a romantic! But I’m not sure you’re such a good listener … what on earth will Amanda say next?
Narrator: Episode 12: At Last, the Truth! Amanda is trying to get Daisy to understand why she doesn’t want to go to the party, but Daisy just won’t listen to her. Can Amanda finally make her understand?
Amanda: I’m just not getting through to you, Daisy! The truth is that I ignored Johnny because I was on a date with MY NEW BOYFRIEND!!!
Narrator: Oh my goodness! No wonder she doesn’t want to go to the party! Gosh! Poor Daisy, she was trying to be helpful and get Amanda back together with Johnny, and all the time, Amanda was going out with someone else! Whatever next?!
GET BACK TO
Meaning: If you get back to someone, it means that you contact someone to continue an earlier conversation, or reply to a message, question or invitation. You can get back to someone face to face, by text, phone or email.
Grammar: This phrasal verb needs an object. You cannot separate the verb from its particles.
I’ll get back to Keith
I’ll get back to him
Example sentence: I’m still waiting for Marco to get back to me about the problems with the contracts.
Synonyms: answer, respond, reply, return a call, get in touch with, let someone know
Meaning: If something comes up, it means that something happens, occurs or appears. It is often something that has to be dealt with straight away.
Grammar: This phrasal verb does not usually have an object. You cannot separate the verb from its particle.
Some problems came up
Example sentence: I was going to apply for the job in Paris, but a better opportunity came up in my own company.
Synonyms: arise, occur, happen, appear, take place, crop up, transpire
Meaning: If you ask someone what they are playing at, it means you are surprised by or unhappy about their behaviour. Although you seem to be asking a question, you do not always expect an answer!
Grammar: Here, this phrasal verb is used in a question structure as an exclamation. It cannot be separated from its particle.
What is he playing at?
What is he playing at, spending so much money?
Example sentence: I don’t know what they are playing at, losing all of those computer files.
Synonyms: get up to, think of
Grammar: This phrasal verb can be used with or without an object. The verb can be separated from its particle. If the object is a pronoun, it must go between the verb and the particle.
He’s calmed down
Can you calm the children down?
Can you calm them down?
She calmed down the children (this is rare)
Example sentence: Since you left last month, the situation is getting better and things have calmed down.
Synonyms: relax, quieten down, settle down, ease off, take it easy, subdue
Meaning: If you and another person make up, it means you renew a relationship after an argument or, misunderstanding. It usually means that you have talked to the person and are on good terms now.
Grammar: This phrasal verb cannot usually be separated from its particle, except by the pronoun it, where it is used to refer to a friendship or relationship.
Jo and Lisa made up
They made up
They made it up
Example sentence: I’m so glad that you two have talked about your differences and decided to make up.
Synonyms: repair a friendship, make amends, make good, start over, settle your differences, renew a friendship, bury the hatchet
Feel up to
Meaning: If you feel up to doing something, it means that you want to do something, or feel enthusiastic or excited about doing it. It is often used with the negative don’t, meaning that you don’t want to do the activity, or you don’t feel well enough to do it.
Grammar: This verb needs an object (often verb?ing). It cannot be separated from its particles.
He didn’t feel up to meeting his new colleagues
He didn’t feel up to the meeting
He didn’t feel up to it
Example sentence: If we all feel up to it, we could go hiking next weekend.
Synonyms: feel like, want to, would like to, fancy, be inclined to (formal).
Meaning: If you freak out, you become very upset, excited, angry or crazy about something.
Grammar: This phrasal verb cannot be separated from its particle. If you want to use a pronoun, it must go between the verb and the particle.
She freaked out.
That scary film freaked Sarah out.
That scary film freaked her out.
Example sentence: My flatmate freaked out when she got a strange phone call at 2 o’clock in the morning.
Synonyms: be upset, be distressed, be angry, be out of control, be uncontrolled, be / go wild, be / get hysterical
Meaning: If you bump into someone, you meet them by chance or unexpectedly.
Grammar: This phrasal verb must take an object. You cannot separate the verb from its particle.
We bumped into Sally.
We bumped into her.
Example sentence: Although we hadn’t been in touch for years, it was wonderful to bump into John and Lucy the other day.
Synonyms: meet, see, come across, run into
Meaning: If you go back (for) years with someone, it means that you have known them for a very long time.
Grammar: This phrasal verb is usually followed by a time expression. The verb and particle can sometimes be separated by an adverb/adverbial phrase.
Luis and Michal go back a really long time.
Example sentence: You might think that Yuki and Miho are just co-workers in the office, but actually they go back for years…
Synonyms: know well, have a long history (with), have a long acquaintance (with)
Meaning: If you butt in, you rudely interrupt or join in a conversation without waiting for the other person to finish speaking.
Grammar: This phrasal verb does not take an object. You cannot separate this phrasal verb from its particle.
Tim butted in.
Example sentence: I enjoyed talking to Maria so much, but Helena butted in so many times…
Synonyms: interrupt, cut someone short, cut in
Meaning: If you work out problems, or problems in a relationship it means that you try to find a positive solution to them.
Grammar: The verb and particle can be separated by a noun or pronoun.
Chris and Jane have worked out their problems.
Chris and Jane have worked their problems out.
They’ve worked their problems out.
They’ve worked them out.
Example sentence: I thought the project could never succeed, but the team worked out all of the problems.
Synonyms: smooth out, solve, sort out, get to the bottom of, resolve
Get through to
Meaning: If you get through to someone, it means that you explain yourself clearly so that they understand what you are saying.
Grammar: This phrasal verb must be followed by an object. The verb can not be separated from its particles.
Joanne got through to the kids.
Joanne got through to them.
Example sentence: I had a long conversation with John after lunch, and I think I got through to him.
Synonyms: explain, make someone understand, make something clear, clarify
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