Clear Up

Clear Up

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

    To do something to solve a problem or a misunderstanding.

    We need to clear up a misunderstanding from last week.
    Did you get the situation with your bank cleared up?

  2. 2

    When an infection or rash no longer exists.

    Aloe vera will clear up that rash.
    If this infection doesn't clear up, I won't go on the trip.

  3. 3

    When the weather changes from bad to good.

    The sky is starting to clear up. I see some blue!
    I hope this weather clears up soon so we can go outside and play.

Clear Up
  1. The meteorologist said that the weather should ________ ____ by tomorrow morning.
  2. Acne is a skin problem that takes time to ______ ____.
  3. The government needs to ______ ____ the health care issue.
  4. Her infection still hasn't ______ ____, and she's been taking antibiotics for over a month.
  5. Has the weather _____ ____ yet?

Listen for the phrasal verb Clear Up in the video clip from the movie The Emperor's New Groove

  1. Emperor: Word on the street is you can fix my problem, can't you?
    Pacha: Sure. I'll do what I can.

    Emperor: Good, good. That's just what I wanted to hear. Are you aware of just how important your village is to the empire?
    Pacha: Well, I know we grow the crops that you use here at the palace. We also herd the llamas that you... My village?

    Emperor: Oh, yeah. You got a pretty sweet little set-up there on top of that hill, don't you?
    Pacha: Yeah. My family has lived on that hilltop for the last six generations.

    Emperor: So tell me, where do you find you get the most sun?
    Pacha: Oh, I'd say just on the other side of those trees. When the sun hits that ridge just right, these hills sing.

    Emperor: Well, that settles it.
    Pacha: Really?
    Emperor: Yep. Problem solved. Thanks for coming.

    Pacha: That's it? That's all you wanted me for?
    Emperor: I just needed an insider's opinion before I okayed this spot for my pool.

    Pacha: Your pool?
    Emperor: Boo-yah! Welcome to Kuzcotopia: my ultimate summer getaway, complete with water slide.

    Pacha: What?
    Emperor: Isn't it great? It's my birthday gift to me. I'm so happy.

    Pacha: I don't understand how this could happen.
    Emperor: Well, let me _____ it ___ for you. At my birthday celebration tomorrow... I give the word, and your town will be destroyed to make way for this.
  2. What was their conversation about?

    How was the phrasal verb used in the clip?

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

  • The meteorologist said that the weather should clear up by tomorrow morning.
    Acne is a skin problem that takes time to clear up.
    The government needs to clear up the health care issue.
    Her infection still hasn’t cleared up, and she’s been taking antibiotics for over a month.
    Has the weather cleared up yet?

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