• Switch On – Phrasal Verb of the Day

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

    Infinitive form: Switch On

    Present Tense: Switch On/ Switches On

    ing form: Switching On

    Past tense: Switched On

    Past Participle: Switched On


    Switch On is a separable English phrasal verb. It is used in the context written below:


    When you change the controls of the device/switch to render it operable and produce or do something in return. The phrasal verb is synonymous to “Turn On” while “Switch Off” is the opposite

    1. I  know I should be saving my battery until the power comes back on, but I really need to be switching my phone on right now to see if someone texted.

    2. Did you know that you can switch your flashlight on and off to create an SOS signal using the Morse code?



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

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:


    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Switch On.

    1. You shouldn’t be______ your cellphone ____ if the plane is about to take off.

    2. Can you please ______ the television ___ for me? I don’t want to miss my favorite show.

    3. Were the lights _____ ___ when you passed by Frank’s house?

    4.  The police were trying to investigate whether the microwave was _____ __ when the fire broke out.

    5. As I ____ the radio ___, the loud music blasts its way across the room. I should remember to first switch the volume down next time.


    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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