intransitive phrasal verb: nod off

Today, I’d like to teach the phrasal verb “nod off”. This is used when we want to talk about a person who falls asleep while they’re doing something. For example:

My brother got into a car accident because he nodded off while he was driving.

I nodded off in the theater, so I missed the end of the movie.

The meeting was so boring that I kept nodding off while the boss was speaking.

This phrasal verb is intransitive which means that it doesn’t take an object in the sentence.



  1. Paula Nikaido Said:


    First, congratuations on your blog and thank you very much for helping 🙂
    I’d like you to explain the difference between ‘always’ and ‘forever’. And the position the word ‘not’ should have in sentences.

    Thanks again.
    Cheers from Brazil!

    • Hi there.

      I’m sorry for being slow to respond. I had some problems with my internet connection recently.

      First of all, the position of “not” in sentences is usually right in front of a verb. In sentences with the verb “to be”, though, it comes right after the form of “be” such as “is”, “are”, “was”, etc.

      I’ll try to write a blog about the difference between “always” and “forever” very soon.

      Thanks for writing in.


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