Call Off

Call Off

Infinitive: Call Off
Present Tense: Call Off/ Calls Off
-ing Form: Calling Off
Past Tense: Called Off
Past Participle: Called Off
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in two ways
  1. 1

    To cancel an event that has been previously planned.

    They had to call off the beach party because of the storm.
    Bethany called off the wedding after Drake told her he was gay.

  2. 2

    To tell a person or an animal to stop attacking or chasing someone.

    The police called off the dogs as soon as the criminal was restrained.
    The neighbors always have to call their dogs off when the postman arrives.

Call Off
  1. The Pro Bowl was _____ ____ this year due to undisclosed reasons.
  2. I doubt they will _____ ___ the graduation party if it rains.
  3. Sunny ______ ___ your damn cat before I kick it!
  4. Just when detectives were about to ______ ____ the search, they discovered a promising clue to where the victim might be.
  5. Tom ____ his dog ____ when it started chasing a kid who was riding a bike.

Listen for the phrasal verb Call Off in the video clip from the movie Mean Creek

  1. Marty: Yeah? What's to talk about?

    Rocky: I want to ______ it ____. I'm not laughing. I'm dead serious.

    Marty: Wait a minute. First, you get me all juiced up. You make me steal my mom's car. You get me out here on a Saturday when I could be at home watching TV.

    Rocky: Marty, come on.

    Marty: Then you have me steering the fucking Titanic all across the river with a bunch of munchkins who are totally sober and bringing me down. Now, you mean to tell me we don't even get to do what we came out here for?

    Rocky: I had no idea the guy was gonna turn out so nice.

    Marty: Check it out, Rock, he's not nice! He's a spoiled, retarded punk who beat up your brother. OK, maybe I feel a little sorry for him now. Okay, well I'm gonna give you two choices: You're either hard as hell and you're yanking my chain, or you're the limpest dick I've ever met in my life.

    Rocky: Everyone wants to _____ it _____.
  2. What was their conversation about?

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

  • The Pro Bowl was calling off this year due to undisclosed reasons.
    I doubt they will call off the graduation party if it rains.
    Sunny call off your damn cat before I kick it!
    Just when detectives were about to call off the search, they discovered a promising clue to where the victim might be.
    Tom called his dog off when it started chasing a kid who was riding a bike.

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