Archive for May 3, 2010

inseparable phrasal verb: put up with

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Today’s phrasal verb is “put up with”, and it means to tolerate someone or something that is negative. For example:

My new boss is really demanding, but I need my job. I guess I’ll just have to put up with him.

I’m so tired of your insults, and I’m not going to put up with them anymore!

My friend just left her husband. He’s an alcoholic, and she put up with it for years because she loved him, but she just couldn’t do it any longer.

I know you don’t like getting up early, but you’re just going to have to put up with it if you want this job.

I’m planning to move out of my apartment because my neighbors are really noisy. I just can’t put up with them anymore.

As you can see, it is often used with: “can’t”, “couldn’t”, “have to” and “not going to”.  This is a very common expression, so I hope that you will find it useful in your daily conversations.

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