= Easy English =
ESSENTIAL ENGLISH IDIOMS
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= Easy English =
to get in/to get on : to enter or to board a vehicle
To get in is used for cars, to get on is used for all other forms of transportation.
- It's easiest to get in the car from the driver's side. The door on the other side doesn't work well.
- I always get on the bus to work at 34th Street.
to get out of/to get off : to leave or to descend from a vehicle
To get out of is used for cars, to get of is used for all other forms of transportation.
- Why don't we stop and get out of the car for a while?
- Helen got off the train at the 42nd Street terminal.
to put on : to place on oneself (usually said of clothes) (S)
- Mary put on her coat and left the room.
- Put your hat on before you leave the house.
to take off : to remove (usually said of clothes) (S)
- John took off his jacket as he entered the office.
- Take your sweater off. The room is very warm.
to call up : to telephone (also: to give someone a call ) (S)
To call can be used instead of to call up, as in the first example below.
- I forgot to call up Mr. Jones yesterday I'd better call him now.
- Call me up tomorrow, Jane. We'll arrange a time to have lunch together.
- I promise to give you a call as soon as I arrive in New York.
to turn on : to start or cause to function (also: to switch on ) (S)
- Please turn on the light; it's too dark in here.
- Do you know who turned the air conditioning on?
to turn off : to cause to stop functioning (also: to switch off, to shut off ) (S)
Turn on and turn off, as well as their related forms, are used for things that flow, such as electricity, water, gas, etc.
- Please turn off the light when you leave the room.
- Are you really listening to the radio, or should I turn it off?
right away : very soon;