Cover Up

Cover Up

Infinitive: Cover Up
Present Tense: Cover Up/ Covers Up
-ing Form: Covering Up
Past Tense: Covered Up
Past Participle: Covered Up
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in two ways
  1. 1

    To use something to conceal something else.

    In Saudi Arabia, women must cover themselves up with a hijab.
    Do you want something to cover up your legs with? It's gotten chilly out here.

  2. 2

    To hide the truth.
    [Noun] {Cover-up} Refers to something you do to prevent others from knowing the truth.

    He asked his friend to cover up for him in case his mom called while he wasn't there.
    Who are you covering up for?
    The coffee house on the corner is a cover-up for the mafia.

Cover Up
  1. She has been ______ ______ her pregnancy for the last six months.
  2. She ______ _____ her mouth to keep from laughing.
  3. Why do ninjas ______ ____ everything except their eyes?
  4. It is much harder to ______ _____ steroid use in professional sports these days.
  5. His relationship with her is a ______ _____ because he doesn't want anyone to know that he is gay.

Listen for the phrasal verb Cover Up in the video clip from the movie Contagion

  1. Lorraine: Why doesn't anybody help him? Is he okay?

    Alan: Read the posts. Some say it was staged. An art project. Some say the authorities wouldn't do an autopsy, _______ it ___.

    Lorraine: _______ what _____?

    Alan: We don't know. Maybe Minamata disease. You know, from mercury in the fish. There have been outbreaks in the past. Fishing industry suppresses it: "Industrial disease."

    Lorraine: Yeah, but it's just one man. We don't know what happened.

    Alan: Just one man on video. Not everyone has the foresight to die in front of a camera. The ones we don't see worry me.
  2. What was their conversation about?

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

  • She has been covering up her pregnancy for the last six months. (not easy!)
    She covers/covered up her mouth to keep from laughing.
    Why do ninjas cover up everything except their eyes? (to avoid unnecessary collisions)
    It is much harder to cover up steroid use in professional sports these days.
    His relationship with her is a cover-up because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he is gay.

  • Rafael Ferreira

    She has been covering up her pregnancy for the last six months.
    She covered her mouth up to keep from laughing. (Is this right?)
    Why do ninjas cover up everything except their eyes?
    It is much harder to cover up steroid use in professional sports these days.
    His relationship with her is a cover-up because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he is gay.

  • LOIEnglish

    Ha!

  • LOIEnglish

    Rafael…Did you have a question about #2? It is correct but what are your doubts?

  • Rafael Ferreira

    I’ve split the phrasal verb.
    Used “covered her mouth up” instead of “covered up her mouth”. Is there some rule about it? Or is exactly the same? Thank you so much! ūüėČ I love this site.

  • LOIEnglish

    Rafael in this case the phrasal verb is both separable and inseparable however remember if it is a pronoun ‘it’ then it must be separate: I covered IT up. I’m so happy to hear you like the site. Spread the word:)

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