Phrasal verbs: grow out of, grow into, hand down

  1. grow out of something
    Transitive, Inseparable
    Meaning: get too big for
    Example: Babies grow out of clothing so quickly!
  2. grow into something
    Transitive, Inseparable
    Meaning: grow big enough to fit
    Example: These pants are too big for him now, but he’ll grow into them soon.
  3. Hand something down
    Transitive, Intransitive, Separable
    give something used to someone
    Example:  My mom saved some things to hand down to my sisters and I.

When I was a child I never had new clothes because I was the youngest and my mom would wait for my older sisters to grow out of their clothes so that she could hand down the clothes to me and I could grow into them.

Phrasal verb: go out

  1. go out
    Meaning: leave home and go to a social event
    Example: It’s Friday night.  Let’s go out!

    How many nights a week do you go out?

  2. go out with someone
    Transitive, Inseparable
    Meaning: date
    Example: She has been going out with him since last year.

In the United States, it is normal for a couple to go out with one another for 2-3 years before getting married.  Is it the same in your native country?

Phrasal verb: count on

  1. count on someone/something
    Transitive, Inseparable
    Meaning: rely on
    Example: I know that I can count on my best friend to cheer me up.

Did you know that the average Facebook user has 262 confirmed friends?  I wonder how many of those friends he/she can count on?

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