• Show Up – Phrasal Verb of the Day

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

    Infinitive form: Show Up

    Present Tense: Show Up/Shows Up

    ing form: Showing Up

    Past tense: Showed Up

    Participle: Show Up

    Show Up is a separable phrasal verb, but only when used with one of its meanings. It can be used in three ways:

    When you beat someone at something. This is the only case where Show Up is separable. This usage is informal.

    1. Michael Jordan showed every player in the league up.

    2. Even the best chess players get shown up by computers.

    When someone appears somewhere, usually unexpectedly. It can often be replaced with the verb Came.

    1. You’ll never guess who showed up at my party last night!

    2. Their best friend didn’t show up at their wedding.

    When something becomes visible, or appears.

    1. I can’t get mountains to show up very well when I take photos with my phone.

    2. My wife’s freckles really show up when she spends time in the sun.

    I couldn’t find an example of a film clip with Show Up used more times in such a short space. Watch and then fill in the gaps below.

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

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:

    One of the most important things in life is ____ __.

    I’m blown away by your ability to ___ _.

    The league never wanted you to play this game, but you ____ _.

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

    1. I was surprised that my cousin didn’t ___ __ to my birthday.

    2. My mother-in-law is always _______ __ at hour house late at night.

    3. Harry’s team was ____ __ at last week’s quidditch tournament.

    4. Did my bright tie ___ __ in the photos?

    5. My mom really _____ me __ when it comes to cooking.

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

    Example: Michael Jordan didn’t show every player in the league up. Did Michael Jordan show every player in the league up?


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