Hold On – Phrasal Verb of the Day
Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Hold On
Infinitive form: Hold On
Present Tense: Hold On/ Holds On
ing form: Holding On
Past tense: Held On
Participle: Held On
Hold On is an inseparable English phrasal verb. The opposite of hang on is Let Go. It can be used in three different ways:
When you wait for a short time. Hanging On can be used as an alternative.
1. The operator on the other line told me to hold on, while he gets the supervisor for me.
2. Holding on to someone who has apparently let you go is pretty stupid, don’t you think? So, wise up and get on with your life!
When you hold something tightly so you won’t fall off or get hurt. Hanging On can be used as an alternative.
1. How long am I supposed to be holding on to this rail until help arrives? My arms are getting tired!
2. Hold on to the rope, your life depends on it!
When you hold someone or something tightly to either protect them or prevent them from leaving or being taken
1. The kid holds on to his mother tightly as she was leaving the house. Separation anxiety is pretty common in his age.
2. I held on to the sword that the warrior gave me; he told me that one day, he will come back to get it.
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Exercises: Write your answers in comments and we will correct them.
Fill in the gaps from the video above:
You better ____ ___ tight, Spider Monkey.
What was the short clip about?
Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Hold On.
1. Grandma had been _____ __ to my uncle’s return from the war; however, It has been weeks now since we last heard from him.
2. One of the biggest challenges in life is not knowing when to ____ __ and when to let go.
3. Did you see that who is _____ ___ to the ledge for his dear life? He needs help.
4. Can you ____ __ to this bag for me?
5. The suspect was trying to disarm the cop, but he ____ __ to it tightly, and ended up shooting the criminal.
Change the example sentences above to negative sentences (or positive, if the sentence is already negative). Then change them to questions.