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Three Different Ways to Use the Verb "Take Off"

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

Many phrasal verbs can have different meanings.

In everyday American English conversations, there are three different ways that you can use the verb "take off."

Do you know what they are?

In today's lesson you willl learn all three of these meanings and how to use them to sound more like a natural English speaker.

Good luck and let's get started!





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Meaning #1) Take off


  • Meaning: This phrasal verb means to remove something. We might take something off our body such as a hat (see photo above).

  • Grammar tip: This phrasal verb is separable. We can say, "Please take your hat off before you enter the room" or we can say, "Please take off your hat before you enter the room."

  • Examples: "I took off my shoes when I went into the house" or "Can you please take your coat off?"




Meaning #2) Take off


  • Meaning: This phrasal verb is a casual way of saying "to leave."

  • Grammar tip: When you use this verb to mean "to leave" it is inseparable. 

  • Examples: "I am tired. I think I'm going to take off." or "What time are you taking off?"






Meaning #3) Take off


  • Meaning: This is used when we talk about the time that a flight leaves the airport.

  • Grammar tip: When we use the phrasal verb this way it is inseparable.

  • Examples: "What time does your flight take off tomorrow morning?"





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