Cut Back

Cut Back

Infinitive: Cut Back
Present Tense: Cut Back/ Cuts Back
-ing Form: Cutting Back
Past Tense: Cut Back
Past Participle: Cut Back
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in four ways
  1. 1

    When you spend less money on something.

    If I don’t cut my spending back, I 'll be out of money by next week.
    Since Brad saw the latest iPhone, he cut back on food to save money for it.

  2. 2

    When you consume less food (liquid or solid).

    Benny's friends warned him that if he doesn't cut back on fast food, he would have health problems.
    I wish you'd cut back on coffee so you wouldn't be so jittery at work.

  3. 3

    When you do something less often.

    The nutritionist advised the athlete to lead a more balanced lifestyle by cutting back on training and adding more carbohydrates to his diet.
    If you really want to quit smoking, my advice is to cut back a little on a weekly basis.

  4. 4

    Note: Cutback (n.) when used as a noun, means that the value spent on something is reduced.

    The cutback in production cost has frustrated the producers of the film.

Cut Back
  1. The annual report indicates that if the company doesn't ____ daily expenses ___, the it might suffer significant financial losses by the end of the year.
  2. I think you should be _____ ___ on cholesterol as you get older, to avoid heart problems.
  3. ____ __ on sweets may be a good option for people who have hypertension.
  4. Sally thinks that her husband ought to be more consistent with his effort to ___ __ on his drinking. The problem is, he is inconsistent in _____ ___ .
  5. My mother told me that I need to learn to distinguish between want and need. She told me that I may need to ____ ___ on shopping a little since I don’t really need all those shoes anyway.

Listen for the phrasal verb Cut Back in the video clip from the 1989 Tom Hanks movie The Burbs

  1. Hans: Sardine?
    Bonnie: I'm trying to ___ ___.

    Do you think Bonnie is really cutting back or just making an excuse?

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

  • The annual report indicates that if the company doesn’t cut daily expenses back, the it might suffer significant financial losses by the end of the year.

    I think you should be cutting back on cholesterol as you get older, to avoid heart problems.

    Cutting back on sweets may be a good option for people who have hypertension.

    Sally thinks that her husband ought to be more consistent with his effort to cut back on his drinking. The problem is, he is inconsistent in cutting back.

    My mother told me that I need to learn to distinguish between want and need. She told me that I may need to cut back on shopping a little since I don’t really need all those shoes anyway.

  • LOIEnglish

    Good work!

  • akash jain

    The annual report indicates that if the company doesn’t cut daily expenses back, then it might suffer significant financial losses by the end of the year.
    I think you should be cutting back on cholesterol as you get older, to avoid heart problems.
    Cutting back on sweets may be a good option for people who have hypertension.
    Sally thinks that her husband ought to be more consistent with his effort to cut back on his drinking. The problem is, he is inconsistent in cutting back .
    My mother told me that I need to learn to distinguish between want and need. She told me that I may need to cut back on shopping a little since I don’t really need all those shoes anyway.

    And obviously, Bonnie is just making an excuse. 🙂

  • LOIEnglish

    ha! very good!

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