Learning phrasal verbs is very important if you want to improve your English. Keep reading to learn some common phrasal verbs that you might use in your social or dating life. There are many ways to memorize phrasal verbs and learning them by theme is one way to learn phrasal verbs. After you have learned their meanings, try to use them in a sentence. Feel free to use the comment section below to make sentences with some of these “social and dating” phrasal verbs.
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Phrasal Verbs: Social and Dating.
to ask someone on a date
Mark kept asking Sally out until she finally agreed to see a movie.
Blow (sb or sth) off
to ignore/to cancel
I had a date planned with Mark but ended up blowing him off.
Their love is a roller coaster. They break up every other month.
to start eating
Mark’s food hadn’t gotten to the table yet, but he told Sally to dig in.
to toast/celebrate with alcohol
It was a special occasion. They were drinking to Mark’s new job.
to drink (a lot) quickly
Happy hour is over in 5 minutes! Drink up and I’ll get another round.
to relax socially
On the weekend, I hang out with my cousins down in the Grove.
to go/come to a place
Sarah and Roxanne are heading over to my condo after English class.
to flirt with
Do you think that girl was hitting on me last night or was she just being friendly?
to call/to ask for
Every time I see Kevin, he hits me up for a cigarette.
Knock up (informal, might be seen as offensive)
to get pregnant
I think they had a shotgun wedding after she got knocked up.
Look forward to
to be excited for something
I’m looking forward to our dinner at Mr. Collins.
Make (it) up (to sb)
to invent/ to repay*
I’m sorry I made up that story about needing money. I’ll make it up to you, I promise.
to see unexpectedly
I can’t believe I ran into my ex-girlfriend the other day at Publix.
to bid farewell to
Todd is joining the Marines, so we’re having a BBQ to see him off.
to reject (sth or sb)
I wanted to take my wife to a baseball game for our anniversary, but I was shot down.
to separate, to break up
Kim’s parents split up just after she graduated from high school.
to suggest interest dishonestly.
Karen has no feelings for Tom, but she leads him on because she likes his yacht.
to fall in love with someone
Matthew fell for the girl at Starbucks. Now he’s addicted to coffee.
to move in different directions
Cameron was my best friend in high school, but we went to different universities and drifted apart over the years.
to engage in sexual physical contact
Steve spent his 20s hooking up with beautiful girls whenever he got the chance.
to kiss heavily
It’s rude to make out in public, especially during the day.
to commit infidelity
David cheated on me with the nanny. That’s why I own this house.
to like somebody
I had a crush on Sarah all through high school.
Settle down (with)
to relax, to become domesticated
After some wild years, Jack settled down with Rachel and had a kid.
Hit it off
to start to get along with
We hit it off when we met at the Phish concert last year.
The phrasal verbs with an asterisk (*) are inseparable. When the direct object is a pronoun, it must be placed in the middle of a two-word phrasal verb. Example: Larry picked her up. NOT:
Larry picked up her.
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