Your “prayers not answered” means your “expectations not fulfilled.” The TAO wisdom explains why: your attachments to careers, money, relationships, and success “make” but also “break” you by creating your flawed ego-self that demands your “expectations to be fulfilled.”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Learn Some Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and one or more prepositions that functions as a single unit of meaning. Phrasal verbs are commonly used in writing. As an ESL learner, learn some phrasal verbs, and use them appropriately in your writing.
Run across: meet or encounter
e.g. If you live long enough, you will run across many health issues.
Run against: compete against
e.g. In the next debate, who will you be running against?
Run away: escape
e.g. My dog ran away, and we are still looking for it.
Run down: hit by a car
e.g. A homeless person was run down by the train.
Run for: campaign for
e.g Who do you think is the most likely Republican candidate running for President?
Run into: meet by accident
e.g. I didn't expect to run into your parents yesterday when I was shopping at the mall..
Run off: depart running; cause to depart; drive away; make copies
e.g. The man ran off as soon as he saw the police car coming.
e.g. They didn't like us, so they ran us off.
e.g. Please run off a few more copies of this document,
Run out of: be short of
e.g. Be frugal; we're running out of money.

Get across: cause to be understood

e.g. It took the manager some time before he could get across the company's new policies to his employees.

Get ahead: advance

e.g. If you wish to get ahead in your career, you must have a higher degree.

Get ahead of: surpass; beat

e.g. Beware of your assistant; he is an ambitions man who may want to get ahead of you.

Get along / get along with: have a good relationship

e.g. The two of you seem to get along quite well.

e.g. Do you think you can get along with your in-laws?

Get around: avoid; circulate

e. g. Is there a way to get around this problem?

e.g. The gossip has been getting around that you will soon be married.

Get away: escape

e.g. The burglar got away before the police arrived.

Get away with: do something wrong without being punished

e.g. Do you think you can get away with murder (usually used figuratively)?

Get by: manage somehow

e.g. I can get by with one part-time job.

Get down to: be serious about
e.g. Let's get down to work!
Get in: enter
e.g. Please get in the car; we are leaving right now.
Get on: put on
e.g It's raining; get on your raincoat.
Get on with: proceed with an activity
e.g. Get on with your work; you have to finish it before you leave.
Get over: recover from
e.g. I got the flu last week, but now I'm getting over it.
Get through: finish
e.g. We were having some financial problems, but now we're getting through.
Get up: rise
e.g. Get up! You'll be late for work!
Stephen Lau
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