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Sam explains 3 phrasal verbs for feelings in this English In A Minute.

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3 phrasal verbs for feelings

Have you ever wanted to know 3 phrasal verbs for feelings? Learn them with Sam in this English In A Minute.

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Sam

Have you ever heard the expression 'it's good to talk'?

Well, here are some reasons why. If you bottle things up and don't say how you're feeling, those feelings might get worse.

If they get worse you might take your feelings out on other people and make them suffer, even when it's not their fault.

This won't feel great so you might just disappoint yourself or let yourself down.

OK, enough bad life advice from me.

I'll just stick to teaching.

So how do we use these phrasal verbs?

They all need an object: something or someone, and they are all separable.

To bottle something up, to take something out on someone and to let someone down.

Do you ever do any of these things?

Maybe you have some better advice than I did.

3 phrasal verbs for feelings

To bottle something up means to not express your feelings. It usually relates a negative feeling that can get worse by not expressing it. This phrasal verb is separable and needs an object.

  • She bottled up her feelings - it ended up making her feel unwell.
  • She bottled her feelings up - it ended up making her feel unwell.

To take something out on someone means to make suffer one suffer, even when it's not their fault. This phrasal verb is separable and needs an object.

  • He was having a bad day and took his frustration out on me.
  • He was having a bad day and took out his frustration on me.

To let someone down means to disappoint someone. This phrasal verb is separable and needs an object.

  • She let her boss down when she forgot to go to the meeting. 
  • She let down her boss when she forgot to go to the meeting.

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