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A verse to memorize some phrasal verbs

Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 890 ✭✭✭
edited May 2017 in Phrasal Verbs
Learning phrasal words is nothing else than memorizing, and there’s an ancient method to do it – to compose a verse using the words you want to memorize. Learning by heart a verse is far easier than a set of individual words. Also, you’ll remember a verse longer.
But composing a verse is difficult, and for a foreign student it’s next to impossible, therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve nicked the following verse from the Russian-language Internet segment and brought it here for your learning pleasure.
Still, some places seemed wrong to me, therefore I’ve altered the text, and I ask native speakers to review it. . @Lynne, @mheredge, @jackelliot, @GemmaRowlands , please, have a look and share your opinion.
The list of the phrasal words to be memorized (in order of appearance).
(The definitions are from the online Oxford dictionary https://en.oxforddictionaries.com , unless explicitly mentioned)

fall for //phrasal verb informal 1Fall in love with.
Come on //[in imperative] Said when encouraging someone to do something or to hurry up or when one feels that someone is wrong or foolish.
get along //1Have a harmonious or friendly relationship.
cut out for //phrase informal usually with negative Have exactly the right qualities for a particular role or job.
set something up //2 Establish a business, institution, or other organization.
get about //not found in the Oxford dictionary, here is the Cambridge definition: mainly UK US get around — phrasal verb to travel to a lot of places
to be set on/upon smth // not found in the Oxford dictionary, here is the Cambridge definition: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/be-set-on-upon-sth "be set on/upon sth" in British English to be determined to do something
put something aside // 1Save money for future use.
hold on // 1 often in imperative: wait; stop.
To be all for// informal to be strongly in favour of / https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/be-all-for Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
take to // to start to like someone or something: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/take-to-sb-sth
put up with smth // Tolerate; endure. ‘I'm too tired to put up with any nonsense’ [I’ve changed to this from the original ‘hold out’, since the latter seems not to be used as ‘to endure’ in British English.]
go out // 3. Leave one's home to go to a social event.
stay around //(informal) to not leave somewhere

get in //phrasal verb with get (ENTER) B1 to succeed in entering a place, especially by using force or a trick: They must have got in through the bathroom window. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/get-in
turn someone out //Eject or expel someone from a place.
clear out //to leave a place: I hear Daphne's finally told her husband to clear out (= to leave home). My landlord's given me a week to clear out of my flat. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/clear-out
The verse
Michelle, I love you. You must know
I _fell_for_ you long time ago.
You are the true love of my life,
Will you agree to be my wife?
Come on, just say you will, Michelle,
I’ll _get_along_with_ you quite well.
We are _cut_out_ for each other,
You’ll be my kids beloved mother.
Let’s _set_up_ a sound alliance.
I’ll be busy teaching science.
We’ll _get_about_ quite a lot,
I’m _set_on_ buying you a yacht.
I’ve _put_aside_ a lot of money,
_Hold_on_, I’ll make you happy, honey.

I’m_all_for_ marrying you, my dear,
I’ll be your wife without fear.
I _took_to_ you a year ago,
But there’s something you should know:
You must quit smoking, dear Paul –
I can’t _put_up_with_ it at all.
When I don’t feel like _going_out,
Stay home too, just be around.
Coming back from work too late,
Don’t _get_in_, I’ll lock the gate.
Never raise your voice or shout,
Otherwise I’ll _turn_you_out_.
Ten bucks a week’s your pocket money,
Content yourself with it, my honey.
I do agree, my love, don’t doubt…
Where are you, Paul? He’s _cleared_out!!!


  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 814 OTT
    @Practical_Severard likewise with passwords,,
    string some meaningful words together
    and then you find it easier to remember
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 890 ✭✭✭
    edited May 2017
    > @jackelliot said:
    > @Practical_Severard likewise with passwords,,
    > string some meaningful words together
    > and then you find it easier to remember

    Are all the phrasal verbs appropriate in their places? You, as a native speaker, have the grasp of subtle nuances, seeing at once whether the text is incorrect and/or strangely styled, while for me these words are just strings of letters (or sounds). Discovering that you've learned by heart something wrong is annoying.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 814 OTT
    @Practical_Severard sadly so true
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