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Session 60

Have you got a minute to spare? Phil explains 3 ways to use 'put up' in just sixty seconds!

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3 ways to use 'put up'

Have you ever wanted to know different uses of the expression 'put up'? If you can 'put up' with Phil for just one minute, he can tell you all about them! Watch this this English In A Minute.

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Put up has lots of meanings - here are three of them.

Put up can mean 'to build'.

Tim's just put a new shed up in his garden.

I'm going to put up a new wall.

Put up can mean 'to struggle for or against something'.

I thought you were going, to lose but you really put up a good effort.

We can stop this if we put up a fight.

For these two meanings the direct object could go either before or after the up.

If you put someone up, you allow them to stay somewhere.

Don't worry about a hotel - we can put you up for the night.

Here the direct object has to come before the up.

So it can mean 'build', 'struggle' or 'let stay'.

Do you know any other meanings?

You put up a good effort to put up that wall.

Now you must be tired - I can put you up if you like.

 

3 ways to use 'put up'

1. Put up can mean 'to build'. The direct object could go either before or after the up.

  • He's going to put up a greenhouse in his garden.
  • Apparently, that construction company is going to put a new hotel up here.

2. Put up can mean 'to struggle for or against something'. The direct object could go either before or after the up.

  • You really put up a good argument in your statement.
  • The really put a fight up to save the musuem.

3. Put someone up means to allow someone to stay somewhere. The direct object goes before the up.

  • She said she'd put me up for a few weeks while I find somewhere to live.
  • I'm putting my friend up for a few nights while he's in town.

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