English phrasal verbs – “cut up” or “cut off”

A member in our premium community was confused about the English phrasal verbs “cut off” and “cut up.”

So let me share a quick lesson with you:

When you cut something off, this is usually one cut to remove a piece of something.

You might cut off the end of a tree branch if it’s too long.

But cutting up usually means many cuts and many pieces, usually without careful cutting.

You cut up old credit cards so no one can use them.

At a barber or hair salon, you’d usually ask for the ends of your hair to be cut off.

Cut up your hair and you won’t have much hair left. 😉

Phrasal verbs are incredibly important to learn because natives use them so frequently.

But they’re also so useful because they let you combine just a few words in different ways to make a huge vocabulary almost instantly.

It’s best to learn phrasal verbs visually. So here’s one of my favorite video lessons that will get you thinking and speaking more like a native:

Phrasal verbs aren’t usually taught in school, and they can be very confusing…

So if you’d like to learn hundreds of them in 3 simple steps, click here:


Learn like a native and you’ll speak like one. 🙂

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