• Hang On – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Hang On

    Infinitive form: Hang On

    Present Tense: Hang On/ Hangs On

    ing form: Hanging On

    Past tense: Hung On

    Past Participle: Hung On


    Hang On is an inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in formally and informally:


    When you hold something so tightly so as not to fall off or get hurt. Hold On is synonymous to Hang On

    1. You can tell that it’s Jackie’s first time to ride the roller coaster, he was hanging on to his seat as if he could fall off any minute.

    2. The kid hangs on to his mother’s hand as they walk in the park.


    [Informal] When you wait for a short time

    1. Oh, hang on a second here, this can’t be right. Why are you putting the blame on me all of a sudden?

    2. The technical support representative over the phone told Ben to hang on while she searches her computer for his record.


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

    Ryan Stone: You just hold on and I’m gonna start pulling you in. I’m gonna start…
    Matt Kowalski: Hey, Doc.
    Ryan Stone: Just hold on. ____ __. I am gonna pull you in.
    Matt Kowalski: Ryan, listen.
    Ryan Stone: I’m gonna pull you in.
    Matt Kowalski: You have to let me go.
    Ryan Stone: No

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:

    1. Can you ___ __ for a moment? I’ll be right back

    2. Before you wait for something, make sure that it’s something worth _____ __ for.

    3. ____ __ to the ledge while I find a rope to get you down here.

    4. _____ __, I can’t believe you just said that. Can you repeat that for me please?

    5. A man ____ __ to his rope as he rappelled down the building.


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