Phrasal Verbs in English – How to Use To Chip In

June 21, 2021 - Priscila Pereira

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Hey student!

In today’s phrasal verbs in English post, you are going to learn how to use to “chip in” in English. This is a common phrasal verb in English that native speakers use all the time in conversations

Make sure to listen to the examples so that you can practice your pronunciation as well.


Basically, to chip in means to contribute something as one’s share of a joint activity, cost, etc… to give some money, especially when several people are giving money to pay for something together.

Let’s think of a real example.

You work in an office. This week, your colleague Linda is turning 33. It is her birthday. You and your colleagues decide to buy Linda a GIFT and a CAKE to celebrate.

Question: who is going to pay for the cake and for the present?



EVERYBODY!! All the colleagues in the department will CHIP IN. Everyone in the office will CONTRIBUTE to Linda’s cake and present.

That’s the idea of this phrasal verb. You and other people contribute (in most cases, financially) to pay for something together.


Now, let’s take a look at more examples:

1.I hope you like the present, Linda! All the department chipped in.

2.We all need to chip in 30 dollars to pay for all the tickets.

3.James is so stingy and selfish. He never chips in for anything

4. They each chipped in $50 to take their grandparents out to lunch

5. Would you please chip in on the present for Mrs. Davis?


There you have it! Now, I have a question for you. How do you feel about chipping in? Do you like it? Yes? No? WHy? Let me know in the comments


Teacher Prix

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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