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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Getting a list of "composed" expressions / understanding them

MebMeb Posts: 3
Hi there !
I've been wondering for a while and so far I did not find anything. What I'm calling "composed" expressions (because I don't know if there is an actual name for them) is when a word is added at the end often of a verb it can be out/up/... for example :
Figure out
Find out
Miss out
Pick up
Etc....

Also when I asked a native guy (from Scotland) about this habit of adding a word to make an expression he wasn't able to tell me why they are added and he told me that's a kind of a slang, but even on very officials speeches and interviews they are using them. Also I noticed that their use depends also a lot on the English spoken, I noticed than the Americans are using even more these kind of expressions than the British. For the anecdote I was struck by that when I've been in touch with an American company by email following to my inquiry the guy replied by "thank you to reach out I think we can help you out..." while a British would not use it so much for this context.

So if you've a got a list and/or an explanation on this I would be glad to get it :)

Thank you !

Comments

  • MebMeb Posts: 3
    I could add "drag on" to vary a bit. The question here is why is it necessary to add a word while it can be totally understood without it. Whether if I say "I missed an opportunity" or "I missed out an opportunity" for me I just don't see the point of addind "out" here?
  • thuyvothuyvo Posts: 50 ✭✭
    hi @Meb Do you want to mention to the reason why we should use phrasal verb instead single verb?
  • MebMeb Posts: 3
    Hi, yes and also if you now where I could find a list of them ? Thank you
  • thuyvothuyvo Posts: 50 ✭✭
    @Meb, I have no idea, I dont know exactly the reason of using phrasal verb, but I find them in the dictionary follow the verb
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