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To postpone
To make someone dislike or not want something
To stop someone concentrating

Example Sentences for the English Phrasal Verb Put Off

  1. I am really nervous about not having enough time this afternoon. Can we put off the meeting until tomorrow?
  2. Stop singing! You are really putting me off and I can’t study.
  3. Can we turn off this documentary? It is too gory and is putting me off my food.
  4. It is really bad sportsmanship to put your opponents off when they are bowling.
  5. I think I’m going to have to put off my party because I’m really sick.

The English phrasal verb, to put off, is transitive.

English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs can be extremely tricky for learners of English. The reason for this is twofold: there are lots of them and their meaning is not always obvious from the words that make them up. To make things even more difficult, phrasal verbs can have multiple meanings, adding to the headache for learners.

A phrasal verb is made up of a main verb with an attached preposition or adverb. An example of a phrasal verb is run into. Where run is the main verb and into is the preposition. Phrasal verbs can be separated into two groups, intransitive and transitive verbs. Intransitive phrasal verbs do not have a direct object: go out, for example, "I want to go out tonight". Transitive phrasal verbs have a direct object and they can be split up into two further categories: separable and inseparable. With separable transitive phrasal verbs, the verb and the preposition can be split up. For example, both “turn off the radio” and “turn the radio off” are both correct. Inseparable phrasal verbs cannot be split up. For example, “I’ll look after you” is correct, but “I’ll look you after” is not.

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