to call something off

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 4 comments

to call something off

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 4 comments

This dictation contains the phrasal verb 'to call something off'.

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North America

This dictation contains the phrasal verb 'to call something off'.

 

Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North America

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I'm we're not be ready . Maybe just whole thing ?
I'm we're not to be ready in . Maybe we should just the whole thing ?

About the sentence

to call sth off

to call something off = to cancel something (e.g. an event or a meeting).

If you want to focus on the thing that is cancelled, we can use this phrasal verb in the passive, e.g. The party was called off at the last minute.


Notice the pronunciation of 'going to' as 'gonna' in this sentence. This is very natural and common in spoken English.

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  • Have you ever had to call something off at the last minute? What happened?

  • Can you remember a time that you were disappointed or angry because something which you had been looking forward toexcited about got called off?

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Well, the last time I tried to call off the skype meeting because I didn’t feel ready for it. But fortunatly everything was much better than I expect.

Every time when some events I gonna visit are called off, I am really dissapointing as I’m a person who don’t like to change plans (in most cases).

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I am a person who doesn’t like to change plans. I just thought it is connected with ‘I’ not ‘a person’, that’s why… Useful comments, thank you!

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