PUT Basic Verbs Learn English Grammar

hi everybody my name is Alicia welcome back to know your verbs in this episode we're going to talk about the verb put so let's get started let's begin with the basic definition of this verb the basic definition of the verb to put is to place something in a location examples put your bag over there don't put your feet on the sofa let's look at some conjugations for this verb now present put puts past put past participle put progressive pudding let's talk about some additional meanings for the verb to put the first one is to write to write examples put your name on this line she put her name on the list so when we say put in this way we refer to writing so you're adding some information to a written document or a typed document as well so can mean to write or like to type information so put your name on this line means like write your name or type your name on this line in the second example sentence she put her name on the list it means the same thing she wrote her name on the list or she added her name to a list in some way it means writing information ok let's go on to the second additional meaning the second additional meaning is to use words to express something to use words to express something examples how should I put this you're putting it quite simply so we can replace the word put with express like how should i express this in the first example sentence but we use put because put sounds much less formal than Express how should i express this it sounds way too formal way too polite instead we say how should I put this we use that expression when we're not quite sure how to say something like we're maybe talking about a sensitive topic and we don't know the correct words to use or it's difficult to explain you can say how should I put this in the second example sentence you're putting it quite simply it means you're expressing things quite simply so maybe it's a complex situation but the listener is explaining things or expressing things maybe too simply so the speaker in this case could say it you're putting it quite simply ok let's go on to the third meaning the third meaning is rather open and kind of vague which is to cause to be in a situation to cause to be in a situation let's look at some examples this change puts the whole company at risk you're terrible driving puts us all in danger so in these examples we see put is used to refer to a situation that some group of people or some person is caused to be in so in the first example sentence this change puts the whole company at risk this change causes the whole company to be at risk in a situation of risk in a condition of risk we use put to refer to that to refer to being caused to be in the situation of risk the second example sentence is the same you're terrible driving this is the reason why the people are in danger in this example sentence you're terrible driving puts us all in danger you're terrible driving causes us all to be in a condition of danger it's very clumsy but we use the verb put to make this quite short and easy to say you're terrible driving puts us all in danger okay there are so many variations so many phrasal verbs to use with put yeah so check a dictionary for more these are just a few I'm going to introduce but check a dictionary for this the first variation for the verb put is put aside to put aside so to put aside means to stop thinking about something to seize or to pause and activity while you do something else examples put aside your worries and relax for a day I put my phone aside and tried to focus on my work so in both of these examples sentences we see that one thing is kind of being moved away from the focus so for example in the first example sentence put aside your worries it means like stop thinking about your worries like put those to the side in your mind like like don't think about those things for a while so in the second example sentence I'm talking about my phone where I'm saying I can literally put my phone aside put my phone to the side of the thing I'm doing and focus on my work I put my phone aside so we can use this to talk about a concept in our minds or to talk about a physical object as well ok let's go on to the next variation so the next variation is to put someone down it means to disrespect someone or to make fun of someone to make them feel bad about themselves some examples don't put down your classmates it's rude his boss keeps putting him down in front of his co-workers so in both of these examples we see situations where one person is being disrespected by another person so don't put down your classmates it's rude so this in this case the listener is maybe a kid in school who is disrespectful to his or her classmates so a parent or a teacher might say don't put down meaning don't disrespect your classmates don't be mean to your classmates don't make fun of your classmates so you know be kind to them in other words don't put down your classmates you could also say don't put your classmates down if you like that's fine too in the second example sentence we see a work situation like his boss always puts him down in front of his coworkers means the boss disrespects this person in front his co-workers so it's a disrespectful situation again but one point about this the expression to put someone down refers to disrespect with regard to humans however when talking about animals like we had to put the cat down we had to put the dog down it means usually due to some serious sickness or some serious injury or illness the owners of the pet usually a pet or the animal decide that the pet should have doctor-assisted death so to put down an animal means to choose to allow the animal to die peacefully instead of suffering so we used that expression I had to put my cat down this is a much more soft expression than the doctor killed my cat which is essentially what happens but it's because of some kind of suffering or some kind of illness or injury the owner wants to prevent we use the expression to put an animal down in those cases we do not use this for people we don't say I had to put my brother down though we do actually have an expression for babies which which we use when we put babies to bed like I'm going to put down the baby for bed we do have that but please be cautious of the differences between animals and humans with this expression to put someone down has very different meanings okay let's go on to the next variation which is to put up with to put up with means to tolerate something examples I don't want to put up with this crazy schedule anymore don't put up with their bad behavior in these examples put up with refers to tolerating or being able to stand something or continuing to live with something in the first example sentence I can't put up with this crazy schedule anymore means I don't want to live with this crazy schedule anymore I can't stand it I don't want to do it anymore in the second example sentence don't put up with their bad behavior it means don't tolerate their bad behavior so put up with something means like to continue living with something and we often see it in the negative form as in don't put up with something ok so those are a few new ways I hope to use the verb put I hope that you found something new and as I said there are a lot of phrasal verbs that can be used with put so please check a dictionary if you'd like to see some more thanks as always for watching this episode if you liked it don't forget to give us a thumbs up check us out in English class 101.com and don't forget to subscribe to the channel thanks very much for watching this episode of know your verbs and we will see you again soon bye bye sometimes I put tweets on Twitter sometimes I put pictures on Instagram sometimes I put soup in my face made some soup put it in a bowl put it in my face

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