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Mark's Email Mistake: 3: That's Weird!


That's weird…I'm sure I sent it to you… hang on a minute while I check...


Episode 3

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Hang on – hung on – hung on

Meaning: If you hang on, you wait for a short time.

Grammar: This phrasal verb doesn't usually take an object. If you want to say how long someone waited, or what they were waiting for, you can use the preposition 'for'.

I'm hanging on
We hung on for 20 minutes but the bus didn't come
We can't leave yet – we have to hang on for Peter

Example sentence: Mohammed can't talk right now – he's on the other phone. Would you like to hang on?

Synonyms: wait, stick around

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