The word ‘do‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, some meanings include perform an action or complete something.
- I’m doing a 10 mile run tomorrow. (perform an action)
- I’ve done my homework. (complete something)
Do is an irregular verb. The past tense is did and the past participle is done.
phrasal verbs with do
Phrasal verbs with ‘do’ include:
- do away with
meaning – remove/abolish
example – The government are doing away with tax for those on low income.
- do over
meaning – beat up, rob or do again
example – The corner shop has been done over again; the owners are in bits.
- do up
meaning – fasten or decorate
example – I’m going to do up the bathroom, it’s looking a little dated.
- do without
meaning – manage without
example – I could do without going shopping today, I’m really tired.
picture phrasal verbs with do
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘do’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.
Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with do, how about learning the idioms with do too?