Today's lesson is about phrasal verbs we use to describe relationships. Keep reading to learn how to talk about family relationships, friendships and romance.
get on (with) = have a good or friendly relationship with
I love my job because I get on really well with all my colleagues.
look after = take care of
Can you look after the children while I go to the shop?
take after = have a similar appearance or personality to a parent (or grandparent) because of DNA
Wow! You really take after your dad! You look just like him!
hit it off = have an instant connection when you meet
We were in the same class and really hit it off! Now we're best friends.
fall out (with) = have an argument and stop being friendly
She fell out with her best friend last week and hasn't spoken to her since.
make (it) up (with) = become friendly again after falling out
I often argue with my brother but we always make it up again afterwards.
look up to = admire or respect
He's a great boss and everybody looks up to him.
look down on = feel superior to someone or lack respect
Sarah looks down on people who don't have as much education as she does.
drift apart = gradually become less close with time
They drifted apart when John moved to London.
ask out = invite someone on a date
He really likes her but he's too shy to ask her out.
go out (with) = be in a romantic relationship with
She has been going out with him for a couple of months.
(This phrasal verb can just mean not stay at home. It depends on the context. If I say I'm going out with Peter tonight, maybe we are just friends, but I've been going out with Peter for a couple of months means he's my boyfriend.
break up / split up = end a romantic relationship
She's very upset because her boyfriend has just broken up with her.
settle down = choose a long-term relationship rather than a series of relationships
She had lots of boyfriends when she was younger but now she wants to settle down and start a family.
cheat on = have a relationship with somebody who is not your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife
She found out that her husband was cheating on her.
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