June 21, 2021
Phrasal Verbs in English – How to Use To Chip In
Hey guys, what’s up?
Another phrasal verb! Are you enjoying the phrasal verb posts? Let me know in the comments!
Today I want to write about a very common phrasal verb. I will give you the most common uses and as usual, for each example I give you, you can listen to the audio. That way you work on your pronunciation and intonation. But here we go!
Today’s phrasal verb is: to show off!
Show off is used all the time by native speakers. Sometimes, this verb may be even used to describe a person, but don’t worry, I’m going to show you how!
Example 01: John is always showing off about how important his job is. Nobody likes when he does that.
In this case, I am talking about John’s attitude. He is always talking about his job in a way to “impress” people around him, by telling how important his job is.
Example 02: Hey Jane, Ignore Alice, she is just showing off. I bet her vacation was not as awesome as she is telling everyone.
In this case, I’m telling Jane to “ignore”, “not pay attention” at what Alice is speaking. Alice is trying to impress people by talking about her vacation, but I as said, her vacation was probably not as perfect as Alice is describing!
Example 01: Mary is such a showoff. Look at her, she can’t stop talking about her new perfect job!
In this case, I’m saying Mary is a “showoff”. Mary is talking about her new job in a way that it looks like she is trying to impress people around her.
Example 02: I hate showoffs! They can’t stop talking about themselves!
In this example, I’m saying I don’t like people who are always trying to impress others by talking about great things they have or do.
Example 01: John wants to show off his new piano prodigy during tonight’s dinner.
In this case, I’m saying John (who is probably a teacher) wants to show his very talented piano student to people because he is very proud of him.
Example 02: Ever since he came back from Italy, my friend can’t stop showing off how well she speaks French.
In this case, I’m talking about a friend who has returned from Italy and since then can speak very well in Italian and can’t stop showing that (because she is very happy and proud of her results).
Example 01: I love wearing dresses. They show off my slim figure.
In this case, I am saying that I really like dresses because they “highlight” my “thin” figure/body
Example 02: This dress really shows off your new shoes!
In this case, I said that the dress “highlights” the new shoes.
Do you have any questions? Did you understand how to use this really cool phrasal verb? How about you leave examples for me in the comments?
Let me know what you think about this post and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to get the latest posts.