Blow Up

Blow Up

Infinitive: Blow Up
Present Tense: Blow Up/Blows Up
-ing Form: Blowing Up
Past Tense: Blew Up
Past Participle: Blown Up
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in six ways
  1. 1

    To make something explode.

    The microwave blew up my food.
    A nuclear bomb has the power to blow up a whole country.

  2. 2

    To make an object bigger with air.

    My jaws hurt from blowing up balloons for the party.
    We need a portable pump to blow up the air mattress.

  3. 3

    To make a photograph larger.

    You should blow up that photograph of your mother. It's beautiful!
    Can you blow up this picture of me?

  4. 4

    To become very angry.

    What's wrong with Miranda? She just blew up for no reason.
    The teacher blew up at her students for not listening.

  5. 5

    To become successful.

    Beyonce didn't really blow up until she started dating Jay-Z.
    Just because you have a college degree doesn't mean you are going to blow up in life.

  6. 6

    To constantly call someone.

    His phone is always blowing up.
    Stop blowing up my phone!

Blow Up
  1. The clown _______ _____ a balloon, and then formed a poodle out of it.
  2. ______ _____ that image of the license plate number on that car, so I can see it better.
  3. He _____ _____ after winning the modeling competition.
  4. Every Fourth of July somebody ______ something _____.
  5. Don't _____ _____ at me just because you had a bad day!
  6. Bill collectors will ______ _____ your phone to collect a debt from you.

Listen for the phrasal verb Blow Up in the video clip from the movie Shutter Island

  1. Dr. Cawley: How badly did you hurt the guard?

    Teddy: I don't know what you're talking about.

    Dr. Cawley: Yes. He's here. Have Dr. Sheehan take a good look at your man before you send him up.

    Teddy: So, Dr. Shehan came in on the ferry this morning, huh?

    Dr. Cawley: Not exactly. You _____ ____ my car. I really loved that car.

    Teddy: Sorry to hear about that.
  2. 1.) What was their conversation about?

    2.) How was the phrasal verb used in the video clip?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • Dinesh Sharma

    1. Blew up
    2. Blow up
    3. Blew up
    4. Blows up
    5. Blow up
    6. Blow up


    1. Blew up
    2. a) They are talking about Teddy hurting a car and blowing up Dr. Cawley’s car.
    b) Dr. Cawley implies that Teddy exploded his car which is really loved by him.

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