This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.
Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

You are in: Learning English > The Flatmates
Learning English - The Flatmates
The Flatmates
Language Point
Navigation spacer    
Archive Language Point 93

Language Point logo

Phrasal verbs 7 - with 'stand'

Tim on the phone to Janet Hall


Phrasal verbs (also known as multi-word verbs ) are verbs made of two or more words. The first word is a verb and the second word (known as a particle) is either a preposition or an adverb. Some phrasal verbs can have two particles.

Phrasal verbs with one particle: stand up, let down, fall for, ask out, settle down
Phrasal verbs with more than one particle: go out with, take care of

The meaning of phrasal verbs changes according to the particle that follows the main verb. Sometimes a verb-particle combination can have more than one meaning, according to the context in which it is used.

Below are some examples of phrasal verbs which begin with 'stand'.

phrasal verbs with objects

Phrasal verbs which must take an object are known as transitive phrasal verbs. In the examples below the object must go after the verb and particle.

to stand for something: to allow something to happen or continue to happen
And you think I'd stand for that?
You're a bully and I won't stand for it any longer!

to stand for something: to be the abbreviation of a longer form of words
FAQ stands for 'Frequently Asked Questions'.
Do you know what MP3 stands for?

to stand up to somebody: to confront someone
After years of bullying she finally stood up to him and decided to leave him.
He tried to stand up to his boss but he just wasn't confident enough.

to stand over somebody: to stand very near someone and watch them very closely
It gives me the creeps when she stands over me while I'm working on the computer.
You don't have to stand over me all the time. I can do this work by myself!


seperable phrasal verbs

Sometimes the object of a transitive phrasal verb must be placed between the verb and particle. The following phrasal verbs are separable.

to stand somebody up: to fail to keep an appointment with someone, especially a romantic date
I waited for her for half an hour before I realised she had stood me up.
You shouldn't stand people up. If you can't keep a date, you should call them.

phrasal verbs without objects

Some phrasal verbs do not take an object. These are called intransitive phrasal verbs. The phrasal verbs below do not have objects.

to stand down: to leave an important job or role (e.g. in politics) and let someone else do the job
She stood down as Prime Minister only two years before she died.
When they found out the Chairman had stolen money from the company, he had to stand down.

to stand out: to be very noticeable because someone/something is very unusual
Everyone else wore a white shirt. He really stood out with his bright red t-shirt.
Your rusty old car really stands out beside all those flashy, new sports cars.

to stand out: to be much better than other people or things in a similar situation
When I saw all the other children's pictures, her art work really stood out.
In that whole competition, there were only two dancers who stood out.

to stand around: to stand somewhere and not do anything (usually in an aimless way)
What are you doing standing around? Quick, get upstairs and tidy your room!
I don't have time to stand around waiting for you. Why didn't you call me if you were going to be late?


gal (informal)

given a bad name or reputation (usually unfairly)

to clear my name
to prove that I am innocent of a crime or of some bad behaviour

The truth will out (saying)
Even if you try to keep something a secret, people will find out the true facts eventually

got the boot
were forced to leave your job

leave your job through your own choice

prospects (always plural)
chances for future success in employment, education etc.


Most Recent

Last 3 episodes


Last 3 language points


Last 3 quizzes


What's next?

What's next logoThe quiz

Go back

Go back logoThe episode