to show off

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

to show off

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

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to show 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 American

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to show off". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

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

Pandora .

Pandora inviting guests she can cooking skills.

Pandora is inviting guests so she can off cooking skills.

About the sentence

to show off

to show off = to talk or act in a way that will attract attention to yourself. This phrasal verb has negative connotations - it is very annoying when people show off!

We can use this phrasal verb as a noun (a show off) to describe someone who shows off. e.g. Michael is such a show off.


Do you feel like there is a difference between "she always invites people around" and "she is always inviting people around"?

One effect of using present continuous instead of present simple is to emphasise repetition. This can be used to communicate annoyance with something that someone does a lot, like a bad habit. e.g. Tom is always talking with his mouth full.

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  • Who do you know who shows off? What do they show off about?

  • Do you ever show off about anything?

  • Is it ever OK/understandable to show off?

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I always try to be a modest and humble person.Although, in my opinion is ok to show off some times.For exammple, I show off to my friends about my children.

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My father has a relative who is always showing off money and her children. If she buys a new car for her son, she tells it to everybody; if her son has a new job, she needs to say how well paid he is and so on. I don’t think I’m a show off person. Actually, I’m the type who wants to be quiet and unnoticed. I believe it’s ok to be a show off sometimes, but not too much. There are people who worked hard in some project and are proud of their results. But showing off to feel… Read more »

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