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How to Make Him or Her Fall in Love with You in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 07:42 AM

English phrasal verbs on love and datingHappy Valentine's Day! In United States culture, February 14th is a day for lovers! Today you will probably see many women carrying roses with smiles on their faces and men snatching up candy in the grocery store to give to their dates.

Some people stay in and cook dinner together, others go out for dinner at a nice restaurant. But it's not just for couples! It can also be a time to appreciate your friends and family and other people you love in your life, not just your romantic partner!

In today's lesson, you will learn the phrasal verbs, idioms, and expressions that you need to talk about love, dating, and romance on Valentine's Day.



Love idioms and expressions you should know!


wedding rings1) To be head over heels in love: To be very much in love with someone.

Sarah and Mike have been head over heels in love for the past few years.


2) To get hitched: To get married

Hey, did you hear that Dan and Emily are getting hitched next summer?


3) To go dutch: When both people on a date split the bill from a meal evenly

Do you mind if we go dutch on this meal?


4) To have a crush on someone: To be attracted to someone

I heard you had a crush on Emily. Is it true?


marriage proposal5) To pop the question: To ask someone to marry you

My boyfriend finally popped the question after we had dated for 5 years.


6) To tie the knot: To get married

We are tying the knot this summer. I hope you can come to the wedding!




Practice your "love and dating" English phrasal verbs here!



Quiz! How to make him or her fall in love

 word bank English phrasal verbs love and dating



ice cream dateJoe: Mary, how can I make Angie ___1____ me?


Mary: Well Joe, you have to take it one step at a time. You have to work a little to get her to ___2__her heart__2__ to you.


Joe: Right, but I have no idea what to do first. Should I ___3___ her ___3___?


Mary: You should start by just getting to know her. ____4____ what she likes to do and what her hobbies are. Once you know her a bit better, you can ask her out on a date.


Joe: Where should I __5__ her__5__ for our first date?


love and dating English phrasal verbs, coffee with heartMary: Something casual will be fine. Just go for coffee and maybe a walk in the park. And remember, unless you want your first date to be your last date, don't try to ___6____ with her until at least the second date.


Joe: Ok, you are right. I made that mistake with the last woman I dated. She was so mad that she ____7____ me in the movie theatre.


Mary: Well, there is nothing wrong with ___8___ a bit, but you have to wait and see if she is interested.


Joe: You are right. Thanks Mary, you have been a great help. I will let you know how the date with Angie goes!


Mary: Any time! Now can you ___9___me ____9___ with your roommate? I think he's pretty cute!


Check your answers here!

1) fall for   2) open...up   3) ask...out  4) Figure out   5) take...out   6) make out   7) walked out on   8) cuddling up   9) set...up


How did you do on the two quizzes? Are you struggling with phrasal verbs? The key to mastering phrasal verbs is to learn them in context, based on situations when they might commonly be used. In today's post, we have learned phrasal verbs in the "love and dating" context.

Great news! We will be releasing a mobile app for iPhone soon that will allow you to learn more than 300 phrasal verbs in contexts such as business verbs, job interview verbs, and everyday verbs. Want to find out when it becomes available? Click on the box below to sign up!





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