OUT Phrasal Verbs

Last week, I focused on phrasal verbs grouped by the particle “UP”. If you missed it, check out the phrasal verb list here and the video link here.

This week, I have some more phrasal verb vocabulary for you focusing on the particle “OUT”.

Phrasal verbs with OUT tend to have the idea of (1) finishing, (2) leaving or (3) learning/solving something.

Here are 9 more phrasal verbs you can add to your English practice this weekend, divided into these general meaning categories:

General Group 1 – Finishing

Turn out

  1. to literally move forwards and turn (separable)
  2. to result in or end as (inseparable)
  3. to attend an event (inseparable)

Examples:

  • The car turned out onto the road.
  • I didn’t stay for the end of the movie. How did the story turn out?
  • How many people turned out for the concert last night?

Wear out

  1. to make unusable by heavy use (separable)
  2. to make tired (separable)

Example:

  • I walked so much that I wore out the soles of my shoes.
  • The small children’s constant crying wore out their parents.

Sell out

  1. to have no more products left in stock (inseparable)
  2. to betray or give up something valuable for the promise of fame or riches (inseparable)

Examples:

  • The popular game sold out online before the stores even opened.
  • The man who ran the neighborhood corner shop sold out to Walmart. People are upset that the neighborhood now has an impersonal feel.

General Group 2 – Leaving

Eat out

  1. to leave home to eat in a restaurant (inseparable)
  2. to shout at or reprimand (separable)

Examples:

  • Let’s eat out tonight, because I don’t want to cook anything at home.
  • His friend ate him out over breaking his favorite video game.

Go out

  1. to literally exit somewhere (inseparable)
  2. to leave one’s home at night to socialize or see friends (inseparable)
  3. to date (inseparable)

Examples:

  • Go out this door and turn right, and you’ll find the bathroom just across the hall there.
  • Do you want to have a quiet party at home or go out to a dance club for your birthday this year?
  • Jon and Joan decided to start going out, even though their names are so similar!

Pass out

  1. to give one of a set of papers or items to each person (separable)
  2. to lose consciousness or to faint (inseparable)

Examples:

  • The teacher passed out the exam sheets.
  • Jerry drank so much that he passed out and his friends had to carry him home.

General Group 3 – Learning about or Solving

Find out

  1. to learn about a new fact (separable)

Examples:

  • The boss fired him as soon as she found out that he was stealing money from the company.

Figure out

  1. to solve a problem or discover a solution (separable)
  2. to discover someone’s true identity or nature (always separable)

Examples:

  • She figured out the math problem faster than anyone in her class.
  • I have found you out! I know exactly what kind of person you really are.

Work out

  1. to find the solution to a problem (separable)
  2. to exercise, usually at the gym (separable)
  3. to resolve well or finish in a good way (separable)

Examples:

  • I worked out how we can make our budget problems better.
  • He really loved to work out as a way to forget about the stress in his life.
  • Hey, man, that problem sounds difficult. I hope everything works out for you!

What do “separable” and “inseparable” mean? Check out the links to learn more.


Not sure how to practice using these phrasal verbs?

Ways to use them include:

  • Write a short story about an experience you had using these phrases.
  • Talk to your language exchange partner and push yourself to use these verbs.
  • Write a daily journal entry and use these words to talk about your day.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. See you online soon!