5 Phrasal Verbs Using The Verb ‘To Act’

5 Phrasal Verbs Using The Verb ‘To Act’

If you have read any of our previous posts, you will probably have picked up on the fact that phrasal verbs are a pretty big part of the English language, so much so, you can completely change what you are trying to say if you get one word wrong.

Therefore, just like before, here are some more useful phrasal verbs to help you build up your vocabulary.

Remember, don’t try to learn long lists of words all at once. Little and often is much more effective – and try to learn phrasal verbs in sentences, to remember the context.

1. Act up

This is perhaps one of the most commonly used ones. It is used to talk about someone who misbehaves.

– Children may act up at home to get attention.

2. Act out

This phrasal verb is referring to someone who is performing a scene from a play.

– My friend will act out the part of Romeo from Romeo and Juliet.

3. Act upon

This one is when someone decides to do something based on information they have received.

– The policeman decided to act upon the information he got from the witness of the crime.

phrasal verbs variation 'to act' People on the stage

4. Act on

This phrasal verb is very similar to the one above (act upon). This one means doing something based on information you have received, however, if you act on it, you are doing so decisively or quickly.

– The policeman decided to act on the information he got from the witness immediately.

5. Act on

Finally, we can use this again to mean we are going to take action against something or someone.

– World leaders say we must act on climate change before it’s too late!

Have a go and challenge yourself to use one or two in a conversation.

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