Clear Out

Clear Out

Infinitive: Clear Out
Present Tense: Clear Out/ Clears Out
-ing Form: Clearing Out
Past Tense: Cleared Out
Past Participle: Cleared Out
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in two ways
  1. 1

    To remove things completely from an area or place.

    The landlady is clearing out the trash from the apartment so the new renters can move in.
    Jane cleared out her storage and moved to Hawaii.

  2. 2

    To leave a place.

    Thankfully, the occupants of the building had cleared out before the bomb exploded.
    The employees were asked to clear out the office when the manager arrived.

Clear Out
  1. There's just so much clutter to ________ ___ this room that I don't know where to begin.
  2. The people in the room can't _____ _____ unless the firemen can ______ the gas ____ first.
  3. Reports say that _______ ____ your closet and reorganizing it on a regular basis helps improve your mood.
  4. The factory workers began to _______ ___ of the building when the fire alarm sounded.
  5. Let's _____ ___ of here before it gets dark.

The quote below is from the famous movie The X-Files. Listen for the phrasal verb Clear Out to complete the dialogue.

  1. Special Agent Dana: I need this building evacuated and ______ ___ in ten minutes. I need you to get on the phone and tell the fire department to block off the city center in a one mile radius around the building.

    Police Officer: Ten minutes?

    Special Agent Dana: Don't think! Just pick up the phone and make it happen!
  2. Why do they need to clear out the building?

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

  • There’s just so much clutter to clear out this room that I don’t know where to begin.
    The people in the room can’t clear out unless the firemen can clear the gas out first.
    Reports say that clearing out your closet and reorganizing it on a regular basis helps improve your mood.
    The factory workers began to clear out of the building when the fire alarm sounded.
    Let’s clear out of here before it gets dark.

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