5 Work Phrasal Verbs in English

May 13, 2021 - Priscila Pereira

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Hey student!

How about learning 5 work phrasal verbs native speakers use a lot! If you want to improve your business vocabulary, this is going to be a great lesson for you.

Why learn this?

Vocabulary is a work in progress. Many English learners feel frustrated about their listening comprehension and their speaking skills but they don’t give the necessary attention to vocabulary. If you want to become a fluent English speaker who can understand and talk to people in English, learning phrasal verbs in context is an important step in the direction of English fluency


To reach out to someone means to try to communicate with them in some way. You try to contact that person by phone or email for example. You are basically trying to contact that person to get his or her attention or because you need something or need to know something.


1.If you would like to learn more about our products, please reach out to customer service.

2.I reached out to Mr. Peterson for some guidance on the project. Let’s see what he says.


To point out means to  talk about or mention (something that you believe is important). In presentations or meeting this phrasal verb can be very useful


  1. During my presentation, my manager pointed out the importance of working on the Phoenix project. Even though we are facing a difficult time, that project has already brought us a 10% revenue increase.
  2. I would just like to point out that if we don’t want to end like our competitors, we have got to bring something new to the table

If something “falls through”, it means it FAILS TO HAPPEN. (deals, plans, projects, sale projects, negotiations, etc.)


  1. Unfortunately, our deal with J&J fell through.
  2. What are we going to do if this plan falls through?


  1. RUN SOMETHING BY (someone)

If you “run something by someone” it means to talk to someone about your ideas so that they can give you an opinion about it. You tell someone something to see if they think it is ok or if they understand it.


  1. Can I run a few ideas by you? (Can I tell you some ideas I am having?)
  2. I am definitely interested in your offer, but I’ll have to run it by my supervisor.

To back up means to save a copy of something especially a computer file so that you can access it in case the original one is lost or damaged.


1.My boss was really mad at me when he found out I lost  last week’s report. I forgot to back it up, and now, I have to do it all over again.

2.You have to back up your files every week.

If you prefer, you can watch a video lesson where I give more explanations about these phrasal verbs


I will see you in the next one


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Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

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