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Free English Lesson: 4 Useful Phrasal Verbs about Food!

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Think phrasal verbs are all boring? Think again!

In this lesson, we look at one of the most enjoyable parts of everyday lives – food. We think about and talk about food in all sorts of ways – and phrasal verbs about food are a great way of learning the language.

  1. Whip up

Ever wanted to make yourself something quick to eat? This phrasal verb is all about preparing something quickly and easily. Use this verb to describe making a fast meal or snack.

E.g. “I didn’t have time for breakfast at home – I’ll just whip up an omelette while he gets changed.”

  1. Cut out

This phrasal verb is used to describe removing certain items from your daily diet – often for health or other personal reasons.

E.g. “I really need to lose weight so I’m cutting out all chocolate for a month.”

  1. Eat out

This describes eating outside the home – usually at a restaurant or café, or anywhere else you might be able to purchase and eat something substantial.

E.g. “We decided to eat out as nobody wanted to cook after we got home.”

  1. Mix in

You can use this phrasal verb to express combining different ingredients, often when you are preparing a recipe, or putting together a meal.

E.g. “After combining the eggs and sugar, mix this in with all the dry ingredients.”

Quick Practice

Which phrasal verb would you use in the following events?

  1. Adding a dollop of Greek yoghurt to some soup.
  2. Going out to have a birthday meal at your favourite restaurant.
  3. Preparing a meal for some surprise guests.
  4. Someone has stopped eating any dairy products.

Your turn

Get to know phrasal verbs better by putting them into action! Food is a part of our everyday lives, so try using these phrasal verbs at every mealtime. Why not write your own little scenario where you can experiment with using these phrases in different ways? You’ll discover that it’s the perfect way to memorise and become familiar with them.