Phrasal Verbs with BE!

phrasal verbs with be

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[Tweet “be after – try to get”]

be after
try to get

  • He must be after her money. She’s the richest and the ugliest woman in town.

be against
be opposed to

  • Jack isn’t against a 20-hour work week.

be along
join somebody

  • Are you coming along?
  • I’ll be along in a minute. I’ll just get my water gun.

be away
be somewhere else

  • Don’t call their landline. They’re away for the weekend.

[Tweet “be down – not operating/ reduced”]

be down
not operating/ reduced

  • The internet is down. You’ll have to look it up in a book.

be down with
have an illness

  • Sorry kids, I can’t take you to Disneyland. I’m down with the flu.

be in
be at home/ work

  • ‘Can I talk to Cameron Diaz, please?’ I’m sorry, she’s not in today.’

be in for
experience something unpleasant soon

  • Mary’s having the kitchen walls painted pink while Tom’s away on business. He’s in for a shock.

[Tweet “be in on – know about/ be involved”]

be in on
know about/ be involved

  • Don’t say a word about the party. She’s not in on the secret.

be off
leave/ not functioning/ food not fresh enough to eat

  • Bye guys, I’m off!
  • Make sure the lights are off.
  • That chilli con carne is green. It must be off.

be on
functioning/ be scheduled/ use drugs

  • ’How I Met Your Mother’ was on, but nobody was watching it.
  • They’ve found a substitute drummer, so the concert is on.
  • Nick’s acting strange. What’s he on?

be not on
unacceptable

  • Stop calling me in the middle of the night. It’s just not on.

[Tweet “be on about – talk about something”]

be on about
talk about something

  • What are you on about?I don’t understand a word of what you’re saying.

be out
not at home/ work

  • You can’t talk to my parents. They’re out.

be out of
not have

  • He’s been out of work for a long time. Do you think he’ll ever find a job?

be over
finish

  • This meeting is over. I don’t think there’s anything else to discuss.

[Tweet “be up – be awake/ be happening”]

be up
be awake/ be happening

  • It’s ten o’clock and James isn’t up yet.
  • What’s up? Why is he still sleeping?

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Hero Answered on 02/08/2015.
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