Phrasal Verbs with BE!
[Tweet “be after – try to get”]
try to get
- He must be after her money. She’s the richest and the ugliest woman in town.
be opposed to
- Jack isn’t against a 20-hour work week.
- Are you coming along?
- I’ll be along in a minute. I’ll just get my water gun.
be somewhere else
- Don’t call their landline. They’re away for the weekend.
[Tweet “be down – not operating/ reduced”]
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 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.
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.
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
- 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.
not at home/ work
- You can’t talk to my parents. They’re out.
be out of
- He’s been out of work for a long time. Do you think he’ll ever find a job?
- This meeting is over. I don’t think there’s anything else to discuss.
[Tweet “be up – be awake/ be happening”]
be awake/ be happening
- It’s ten o’clock and James isn’t up yet.
- What’s up? Why is he still sleeping?