to sink in

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to sink in

by | Last updated May 8, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to sink in'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Scottish

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This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to sink in'. 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: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Scottish

 

Photo by João Ferreira on Unsplash

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I read the email before it I was fired.
I to read the email times before it in that I was fired.

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to sink in

If something 'sinks in', then you gradually understand it or realise that it is true or real. Sometimes something is too surprising, shocking, amazing or awful to understand or process. It can take a few seconds, minutes, hours (or even longer) to process the information. e.g. It still hasn't sunk in that I passed the exam.

In the example, when the speaker reads the email the first time he doesn't process that fact that he has lost his job. After three times, he understands what is happening - it sinks in.

Another way of using this phrasal verb is when we are telling someone something which we believe they need to process or think about properly to fully understand. e.g. Did you know that the Earth is moving through space at a speed of 67,000 mph? Just let that sink in.


The verb 'to fire sb' is very often used in the passive voice (to be/get fired) because it is usually more appropriate to focus on the person receiving the action (losing their job). If you want to focus on the person doing the action, use the active voice. e.g. I fired someone this morning, but now I'm wondering if I should have given them another chance.

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  • Can you remember a time something happened which was so amazing that you couldn't process or understand straight away? How long did it take for it to sink in?

  • Tell me the most amazing fact you know. Finish it with: "Let that sink in."

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That boss who said he had fired someone but then regretted having done that, might have done that on the spur of the moment. I remember when I was told that my mother had passed away, I couldn’t believe my ear when that happened. It took at least 3 years for it to sink in. The most amazing fact that I’ve learned and that took some time to sink in was when I finally understood how fast the light travels and how far the planets and galaxies are among each other. The fact that it would take about 200.000 years… Read more »

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