First, read TOEIC Test – 600 Essential Words: Part 1 and 2
Today, I am presenting some of the VERBS + preposition from the TOEIC 600 Essential Words list. I know it’s not easy to study and remember all these words so I’m going to help you more this time.
Some of the following verbs + preposition are phrasal verbs, so the meaning is very different from the base verb. Take the verb ‘bring’: the meaning of ‘bring’ is different to ‘bring up’. You would know by now that the verb ‘get’ has a few meanings, but ‘get out’, ‘get on’, ‘get ahead’, and ‘get across’, all have very different meanings.
You need to remember all the following verbs plus preposition together. Think of them as new vocabulary: ONE vocabulary unit, but TWO, or more, words.
I will give you a sentence example for each verb + preposition.
Work out the meaning of the verb + preposition in the context of the sentence. You can check the meaning online at http://dictionary.reference.com
Remember that the TOEIC exam is business based, so look for the definition that is most suitable for business.
abide by If you make a promise, you should abide by it.
accustom to Before setting up a new business, become accustomed to local laws.
adhere to Stock brokers must adhere to the rules.
appeal to The 50% discount appealed to the customers.
bring in My part-time job doesn’t bring in much, but I enjoy it.
bring up Are there any matters which you would like to bring up at the meeting?
build up We need to build up our customer base.
call in The director called in an expert to assist with the campaign.
catch up Let’s catch up next week and work out a plan.
coincide with Fortunately, the dress sale coincided with a public holiday.
come up with Don’t worry! He always comes up with a solution.
conform to Staff should conform to the dress code.
deal with Do you have to deal with demanding clients?
fall to The stock market fell to its lowest level this year.
figure out Can you figure out what happened today on the stock market?
fill out You need to fill out an application form if you want a job at Ikea.
get in touch You should get in touch with a lawyer if you wish to pursue this matter.
get out of Joe tried to get out of attending the annual general meeting.
give up Sam gave up the presidency because of ill health.
keep up with It’s important that we keep up with the opposition.
lock into They locked us into the contract before we realised it!
look forward to-I’m looking forward to getting my tax return.
look up to We all look up to our boss. She’s wonderful!
look to The business is doing very well! We can look to the future with confidence.
mix up The previous clerk was always mixing the orders up.
move up If you want to move up in this company, play golf with the CEO.
open to One thing I admire about my supervisor is that she is open to new ideas.
pick up It doesn’t take long to pick up the skills needed in a bar job.
pull out 10% of the companies pulled out of the agreement.
sell out There was pressure on the small supermarket to sell out to the big chain.
set up If you wish to set up a business, you need financial backing.
shut down Many businesses shut down because of insufficient financial backing.
stay on top of We need to stay on top of the competition or we’ll go out of business!
subject to Small businesses as well as big businesses are subject to corporate law.
take back In Australia, you can take a product back to the shop if it is faulty.
take out It’s advisable to take out an insurance policy when you travel overseas.
take part in Competent managers encourage their staff to take part in decision-making.
throw out He started making a disturbance so the bartenders threw him out.
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