go back Intransitive
Meaning: return to a place Example: When do you go back to Brazil?
Remember the difference between “come” and “go” depends on whom you’re talking to. If you are speaking with the people you are leaving, use “go.” If you are speaking with the people you are joining, use “come.”
For example, my family lives in New York, but here I am in Ecuador. When speaking to my family I might say, “Mom, Dad, I am coming back to NY for Christmas!” But when I am speaking to my friends in Ecuador I might say, “Amigos, I am going back to NY for Christmas.”
try something out Transitive, Separable
Meaning: to test Example: You should try out the new restaurant on Main Street.
Did you know that the average number of people a person dates before marriage is 24? How many boyfriends/girlfriends did you try out before you found “the one”?
try out for something
Transitive, Inseparable Meaning: a test to determine the qualifications of applicants, as for an athletic team or theatrical role. Example: After much practice, he decided to try out for the high school basketball team.
She decided to try out for the role of Lady Macbeth in the school performance.
The world’s most widely spoken languages by number of native speakers and as a second language, according to figures from UNESCO are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German and French.
There are actually more non-native speakers of English than native speakers in our world today.
Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary about 800,000 words.
Can you read this?
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sleep over Intransitive Meaning: stay somewhere for the night (intransitive) Example: You should sleep over tonight. I don’t want you to drive in this weather!
My dad works for an airline, so because of that I fly stand-by, which means that I never have a confirmed seat on a flight. I often go to the airport, and wait around all day until there is an empty seat on a flight. As a result, there have been many times when I’ve had to sleep over at the airport. I’m lucky that I can fall asleep easily!
sink in Intransitive Meaning: to be fully understood Example: I have to look over my notes and let everything sink in.
Did you know that the easier it is for you to pronounce a new English word, the quicker the word sinks into your vocabulary? Does it take you a long time to learn a new word? I hope that this phrasal verb sinks in!
John is a native English speaker from Texas with four years of experience teaching English in Thailand and Ecuador. He has a degree in Sociology and Spanish, and loves hiking, the outdoors and Muay Thai.