The word ‘talk‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to communicate using words.
- The children won’t stop talking.
- I need to talk to my boss tomorrow.
Talk is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is talked. Click here to find out how to correctly pronounce ‘ed’ in the past tense.
HOT TIP – The ‘l’ in talk is not pronounced, it is a silent letter.
phrasal verbs with talk
Phrasal verbs with ‘talk’ include:
- talk around/round/into
meaning – persuade
example – My boss won’t give me a pay rise, I need to talk him into it.
- talk back
meaning – respond rudely
example – I got detention for talking back to the teacher.
- talk down
meaning – make something sound less important or stop someone jumping from a high place
example – He talks down his role in the company but, I know he is very important.
- talk down to
meaning – talk to someone in a superior way
example – No one likes our supervisor; he talks down to everyone.
- talk out of
meaning – persuade someone not to do something
example – I’ve talked myself out of going to the pub. I need to save for my holiday.
- talk over/through
meaning – discuss
example – We talked over some ideas for the business. Next year we will go global.
- talk up
meaning – make something sound more important/better than it is
example – Molly has been talking up this band all month. I’m excited to see them live.
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘talk’ 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 talk, how about learning the idioms with talk too?
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