• Knock Out – Phrasal Verb of the Day


    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Knock Out

    Infinitive form: Knock Out

    Present Tense: Knock Out/ Knocks Out

    ing form: Knocking Out

    Past tense: Knocked Out

    Participle: Knocked Out


    Knock Out is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in five different ways:


    When you hit someone hard enough to cause them to lose consciousness.

    1. Many Pacquaio knocks out his opponents in most of his fights.

    2. I once fell so hard while skateboarding that I got knocked out.


    When you are greatly surprised or impressed by something or someone.

    1. Harry is in love with Sally. I mean, it’s pretty obvious how Sally’s smile knocks him out.

    2. I am knocked out by how many achievements you’ve had in such a short span of time.


    When you try very hard to achieve something or to please other people.

    1.  Stacey really knocked herself out in preparing for this event, so let’s support her by being there.

    2. Don’t knock yourself out trying to impress her, it may not be worth it in the end.


    When someone or something destroys equipment and render it inoperable

    1. The communications tower in our area was knocked out by the awful storm.

    2. We better do something about that tree before it falls and knocks out the power line.


    When you produce something very quickly

    1. Tom is in great shape. He can knock out 50 pushups without sweating.

    2. The tobacco industry is knocking out hundreds,if not thousands of cigarettes in a day.


    Note: Knockout (n.) can be used as a noun. A Knockout is something or someone that leaves a lasting impression on your mind

    i.e.: The movie was a real knockout!


    The quote below is from the movie This is 40. The actor is talking fast, so you’ll have to listen closely, but the dialogue is really funny.

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

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:

    Debbie: Cause you’d be so weak and sweet and I could take care of you but while killing you.
    Pete: See, you know what I love about us? You can still surprise me. I figured for sure you’d ____ me __ with one fell swoop. You’d poison me. You’d extend it over a series of months.

    How does Pete plan in knocking Debbie out?

    What was the conversation about?

    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Knock Out.

    1.  He deserved the award. He practically ____ himself ___ day and night to finish the project.

    2.  Did you see that? That fighter just ____ ___ a man twice his size.

    3. Troy was brought to the hospital after he got ____ ___. Surprisingly, when he regained consciousness, he couldn’t remember who _____ him ___.

    4. Jimmy is an asset to the company; he can ____ ___ hundreds of sales in a day.

    5. The soldiers _____ the enemy’s entire communication system ___ with their tanks and bombs.


    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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