- If you don’t start behaving, I’ll ask you to leave. (go away from)
- We are leaving at 7 am sharp. (depart)
Leave is an irregular verb. The past tense is left and the past participle is also left.
phrasal verbs with leave
- Leave against (place an object touching another object) e.g. I’ll leave the groceries against the door.
- Leave at (a time to go) e.g. I left the party at 7.
- Leave behind (forget) e.g. I’m always leaving something behind.
- Leave for (go to a place) e.g. I left for work at 8.
- Leave in (an amount of time to go) e.g. We’ll be leaving in 5 minutes.
- Leave next to (place an object beside another object) Please leave your dirty clothes next to the washing machine.
- Leave off (stop doing something) e.g. Leave off, stop messing up my hair!
- Leave on (a date to go) e.g. He left on Monday.
- Leave out (omit) e.g. I’m leaving the celery out of the soup recipe.
- Leave over (amount of something remaining) e.g. The decorations left over from my birthday can be used for Sarah’s party.
- Leave under (place an object beneath another object) e.g. Leave the envelope under the folder on my desk.
- Leave until (delay doing one thing until other things have been done)
- Leave up to (give someone the responsibility) e.g. I don’t mind which pub we go to. I’ll leave it up to you.
- Leave with (depart from a place with a person or object) e.g. I left home with a leather jacket and came back with a hoody.
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘leave’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
Now you’re a pro, try and answer the following questions:
- Have you ever left work at midnight?
- Did you leave anything behind the last time you went on holiday?
- What time do you leave for work?
- Do you often leave in a hurry?
- Who was the last person you told to leave off?
- When was the last time you felt left out?
- Do you leave things under your bed?
You can download a table of phrasal verbs with leave below to study at your leisure.
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