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The Party Was "Called Off" Because of Rain

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

phrasal verb call offReady to learn another phrasal verb so that you can speak with native English speakers? Great!

Today's phrasal verb is "call off." If you think that this verb is related to the telephone, think again! Here is a sample sentence:

The wedding was called off because of rain.





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Call off


  • cancelled called off English phrasal verbMeaning: When something gets "called off" it means that the event gets canceled and may or may not be rescheduled. Parties or barbecues sometimes get "called off" when it rains.

  • Grammar tip: This verb is often used in the passive form: "The event was called off" or it can also be used in the active form: "The host called off the party because it rained." This verb is separable. You can separate the two parts of the verb and say, " The host called the party off"

  • Examples: "I was relieved when I heard that the exam had been called off" or " The school play was called off because of the snowstorm" or "My friend called her party off because she got sick"






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