Session 4

Vocabulary: 12 uses of 'out'

Enjoy our version of Macbeth. Listen to this gruesome tale and you'll learn 12 different ways to use the word 'out'.

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Activity 2

Thane of Cawdor, King and murderer

What will happen to Macbeth?

How do you think the story ends?

A) Macbeth doesn't commit any more murders
B) They find out that Macbeth has murdered the King, but he escapes
C) Macbeth kills Macduff and his family
D) Macduff leads an army to Scotland and kills Macbeth

To do

Watch the video and find out which option is correct. And listen out for seven more uses of out.

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Mariam
Hello again. I'm Mariam. Let's find out more about our story of Macbeth. This brave soldier has somewhat unfairly become King of Scotland. He'd been impressed by the witches' predictions coming true but now he's troubled by what they're telling him…

Macbeth now becomes ruthless, killing people who he thinks are a threat. He goes to the home of a lord called Macduff. He is out but Macbeth kills the rest of his family. Now Macduff is out to seek revenge, and goes to join Malcolm at the court of the English King, Edward. Malcolm and Macduff decide to lead an army against Macbeth.

Meanwhile his wife, Lady Macbeth, can't stop thinking about the murder of King Duncan – the guilt drives her crazy and she dies but not before giving away her secrets to her doctor. The truth about what Macbeth has done is now out.

Now Macduff organises a large army and sets out on a journey to Macbeth's castle. There is a long sword fight between the two of them, but finally Macbeth gives out a loud cry and his head is cut off. A gory ending but I suppose, justice has been done.

And that's the end of this famous Shakespeare play. I've left out some of the smaller details but hopefully you understood this rather gruesome tale. I'll see you again soon for another story. Bye for now.

To do

So, the correct answer was D) Macbeth committed even more murder: he killed Macduff's family because he thought they were a threat to him. But Macduff wasn't home and later got revenge on Macbeth. A very gory story!

Now, don't go out of your mind! Try our quiz to see what you know about vocabulary. Answer these questions that help you practise the different uses of out!

What's the use of 'out'?

6 Questions

Choose the best expression with out to fill each gap.

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Let's find out if you can tell us a story...

How was that? Now it's time for you to tell us a story! It can be a true story or an imagined one - but it must be your own original work. Try to use as many of the phrases with out as possible:

  • out
  • set out
  • out of
  • out of his mind
  • get out
  • find out
  • give out
  • left out

Email your story to us at learning.english@bbc.co.uk. Make sure you write 'out story' in the subject line and in your email too. Unfortunately, we can't give individual feedback, but we do read every email, and we'll publish our favourites here or on our social media sites.

Session Vocabulary

  • out (C1)
    a long way from home

    set out (C1)
    begin an attempt

    out of (B1)
    from an amount or number

    out of his mind (C2)
    unable to deal with things normally because of something bad

    get out (B1)
    become known

    find out (A1)
    discover

    out (A1)
    not at home

    out (B1)
    determined

    out (B1)
    available to everyone

    sets out (C2)
    begins (a journey)

    gives out (B2)
    makes; produces

    left out (B2)
    not included

    KEY

    A1 = Beginner
    A2 = Elementary
    B1 = Lower Intermediate
    B2 = Higher Intermediate
    C1 = Towards Advanced
    C2 = Advanced