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Do You Want to "Hang Out" Tonight?

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @ 04:49 PM

hang outDo you know how to use the phrasal verb "hang out?"

"Hang out" has two meanings. The first meaning is to spend free time with people you know, relaxing and having a good time.

Here is a sample sentence:


Joe and Sarah are hanging out before class.



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Hang Out- Meaning #1


  • hang out with friendsMeaning: When we "hang out" we spend time with people. We might "hang out" at the mall, at home, in a coffee shop, or between classes at school

  • Grammar Tip: This is an inseparable phrasal verb. If you do separate it, the meaning changes (see below)

  • Examples: "I don't feel like going out tonight. Let's hang out at home." or "Where do all of the kids hang out on the weekend?"




Hang Out- Meaning #2


  • hang blue jeans outMeaning: When we "hang something out" we leave something outside to give it air or to let it dry, such as clean laundry

  • Grammar Tip: This phrasal verb can be separated- we can say "hang the laundry out" or "hang out the laundry"

  • Examples: "Hang your socks out on the line so that they can dry"





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