Archive for May 13, 2011

separable phrasal verb: mull over

The phrasal verb for this week is “mull over”, and it is used when we want to talk about thinking about an idea before making a decision about doing it or not. For example:

Thanks for telling us about your proposal. We’ll mull it over and let you know what we decide.

Right now, my wife and I are mulling over whether or not to move to another city.

I’m not sure if I should take this job or not. I’ll have to mull it over for a little while.

Don’t make a decision right now. Just mull it over and let me know later.

We can use this phrasal verb in any situation, but it’s very commonly used when talking about business decisions. The word “mull” has the meaning of thinking about something, but we never use it alone; it is always used with the word “over”.

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