to catch up

by | Last updated Apr 13, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 15 comments

to catch up

by | Last updated Apr 13, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 15 comments

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

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to catch up". 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

coffee ? .
we go coffee next week? be good .
don't we go for coffee next week? It be good to up.

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to catch up

to catch up has several related meanings. When you are behind in some way, e.g. a person is ahead of you in a race, or another company is more advanced than yours, or you do not know the latest news or gossip, then if you catch up, you reach the same level or position.

If a person is ahead of you, then you can catch up by walking or running faster than them.

If another company is more advanced, then you could catch up by investing more money in research and development.

If you are behind on news or gossip, then you can catch up by reading a newspaper or by discussing recent events with a friend.


why don't we...? is a good way to make a suggestion to someone, e.g. Why don't we get a takeaway tonight?

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  • Think of a time recently when you were behind on something (e.g. work, revision, preparations for something). Why were you behind, and how did you catch up on it?

  • Tell me about the last time you met a friend to catch up. What did you talk about?

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Lena

Hi Chris! 🙂
I’m  sure  everybody can tell us planty different stories when we need to  “run” faster to  catch up . As for me the latest one was when i had changed my job.It was a beautiful  summer time. Nevetheless  I had to sleep less and read more a lot of special books. Thus l quicly cought up on that new level:)

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plenty of

Reyna Avila
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Reyna Avila

My dauther run again this morning to catch up the bus…as usual. 🙄

Marisela
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Marisela

The most recent time I was behind on something was on my credit card payments. I should have made my last payment before the fifteenth of March. But I got my payment dates mixed up. So the day came and I didn’t pay in time. Hopefully, I got a message from the bank for a reminder so I could catch up on my payments. The last time I could catch up with a friend was the very last weekend. It was quite a surprise because we haven’t seen each other for about 17 years. He’s from Venezuela and we caught… Read more »

Sveta Tsalkovska
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Sveta Tsalkovska

Hi Chris! What comes to my mind is that I usually catch up news in the morning as I work remotely morning shift, so in the evening there is lots of news in our corporate chat which I need to catch up next day. And I love doing it with a cup of coffee 🙂
And also I was ill the last week so these last days after my recovery I catched up while meeting my friends.
P.S. I feel there mistakes so thank you in advance for any corrections

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AlineS

Last week, I had many texts to read, but I hadn’t have time enough to stop and read them. To catch up on my reading, I read at the bus stop, on the shaking bus and every place where I could do this. It’s not the best way to absorve an article’s content, but I tried. The last time I caught up with a friend was a couple of weeks ago. She had changed her college course, so we talked about her new course and our studies. For sure there are mistakes about the tenses used. Present/past perfect tenses are… Read more »

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