to lock sb out

by | Last updated Apr 24, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

to lock sb out

by | Last updated Apr 24, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to lock sb out (of sth)'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Ireland

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to lock sb out (of sth)'. 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: Ireland

 

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

Tony .
Tony had night in his himself .
Tony had to the night in his car accidentally himself .

About the sentence

to lock sb out

'to lock sb out' = to stop someone from entering a house, a room, a car etc by locking the door. We can specify which place/thing the person cannot enter by adding 'of something', e.g. "Sarah locked her boyfriend out of the house after their row".

It is common to use this phrasal verb with a reflexive pronoun as the object, e.g. I locked myself out, he locked himself out, we locked ourselves out etc. This is used when the situation is your own fault, such as when you leave your house, shut the door (which locks it) and then remember (too late) that you left your key inside. You just locked yourself out.

In some cases, it might not be anyone's fault (or perhaps we don't want to blame anyone). In these situations, the passive form can be used, e.g. "I got locked out of my car and had to take the bus to work".

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  • Have you ever locked yourself out? 

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As far as I remember, I haven’t locked myself out so far. But, I shudder at the thought of locking myself out or being locked out so I always make sure that I have the key with me before shutting the door. But I remember when a friend of mine locked himself out of his car. The problem was that he was very far from his house, about 2 hours away and his son was the only one who had the spare key but he was far away from there. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get hold of him. Thankfully another friend… Read more »

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