• Clog Up – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Clog Up

    Infinitive form: Clog Up

    Present Tense: Clog Up/Clogs Up

    ing form: Clogging Up

    Past tense: Clogged Up

    Past Participle: Clogged Up


    Clog Up is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in two different ways:


    When you put something in a drain that prevents water or other liquid from going through and therefore stopping it from working properly

    1. Hey, watch what you eat! You wouldn’t want to clog your arteries up with cholesterol, would you?

    2.  Mandy poured all the grease in the sink and accidentally clogged the drain up.


    When describing a blocked, slow movement

    1.  The accident down the road had caused the traffic to clog up.

    2. There’s a robbery in progress, that’s why the traffic’s pretty clogging up.


    Note: (part.adj)The term “clogged up” can also describe how a particular object blocks a drain or something where liquid is supposed to flow freely, from functioning properly.

    Oh, great! The car engine died and we’re in the middle of the road. Can you please check to see if the engine valve is clogged up?



    Exercises: Write your answers in comments and we will correct them.

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:


    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Clog Up.

    1.  I wonder who is responsible for ____ ___ the toilet?

    2.The snowblower is ____ ___.  Please try to see if there’s dust or something else ____ __ in there.

    3. The leaves must have caused our drain to ____ __. I don’t see anything else blocking it.

    4. I don’t want to think we’re the ones responsible for ____ __ traffic in this road.

    5. A ____ __ drain can sometimes be caused by lots of stuff getting into the drain. We need to unclog it as soon as possible.


    Change the example sentences above to negative sentences (or positive, if the sentence is already negative). Then change them to questions.




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