• Put Back – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Put Back

    Infinitive form: Put Back

    Present Tense: Put Back/ Puts Back

    ing form: Putting Back

    Past tense: Put Back

    Past Participle: Put Back


    Put Back is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in the following ways:


    When you place an object back to where it belongs or to where it was previously

    1. Alan doesn’t like the way his room was rearranged, so he requested their housemaid to put things back to exactly how it was before.

    2. I can let you borrow my favorite sweater, as long as you put it back to my closet afterwards.


    When something is causing a project to slow down

    1. There’s a hurricane coming, so we’re gonna have to work on putting back the training program to a later date for our employees’ safety.

    2. Janice , the manager, puts today’s project back because she has more urgent matters going on.


    When you postpone doing something and do it at a later date

    1. We might have to put back our road trip until everyone is ready.

    2. The Joker had put back his prank for Gotham City that night, because Batman was there to stop him.


    When you take a lot of alcoholic drinks into your system (Informal)

    1. If only you had avoided putting back one bottle of vodka every night, you wouldn’t have had liver cirrhosis now.

    2. Did you see the man who’s putting back drinks one bottle after another? He always wins the drinking contest.


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

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:
    He’ll be ___ __ in his tiny cage with ten other dogs who will bully him, and rape him, until he’ll eventually be euthanized.

    What was the conversation about?



    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Put Back.

    1. The kid was running around without a shirt on, so his mother was running after him to get him to ____ his shirt ___ on.

    2. Antonette ___ her party dress ____ to her cabinet, and decided to sleep the night away. She can get really moody sometimes, alright.

    3. The classes were ____ ___ until tomorrow due to stormy weather.

    4. An alcoholic can ____ __ half a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in one hour.

    5. I think they’re gonna have to ____ the business meeting ____ until the boss arrives.


    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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