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the difference between two phrasal verbs

Post by eagerlearner » Fri May 24, 2019 9:23 am

Hi, guys!

I've got a question.

There are two phrasal verbs 'hold back' and 'hold up', in general I understand their meanings but sometimes I become a bit confused, for example, which way would be correct to say?

1. I'm sorry, I'm late. I was held up by the traffic.
1. I'm sorry, I'm late. I was held back by the traffic.

Or both ways are acceptable?

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Re: the difference between two phrasal verbs

Post by Joe » Sat May 25, 2019 12:56 pm

Not really the same.

hold up = delay
hold back = obstruct

I'm sorry, I'm late. I was held up by the traffic. :ok:
I'm sorry, I'm late. The traffic held me up. :ok:

But "hold sby back" is a deliberate obstruction and completely blocks you. For example:

After the accident, the police held us back and we had to wait until they finished clearing the road. :ok:

or

I wanted to enter my house but the soldiers held me back. :ok:
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Re: the difference between two phrasal verbs

Post by phrasalverbs » Sun May 26, 2019 8:57 am

Joe has already provided a perfect explanation.

I only want to add that englichclub has a great lists of phrasal verbs with samples
You can find them here:
https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/ ... s-list.htm

You also can also find lists of phrasal verbs with many samples of how to use them here:
www.usefulphrasalverbs.com

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Re: the difference between two phrasal verbs

Post by eagerlearner » Mon May 27, 2019 7:42 am

Joe wrote: โ†‘
Sat May 25, 2019 12:56 pm
Not really the same.

hold up = delay
hold back = obstruct

I'm sorry, I'm late. I was held up by the traffic. :ok:
I'm sorry, I'm late. The traffic held me up. :ok:

But "hold sby back" is a deliberate obstruction and completely blocks you. For example:

After the accident, the police held us back and we had to wait until they finished clearing the road. :ok:

or

I wanted to enter my house but the soldiers held me back. :ok:

Joe, thank you very much! You've explained it perfectly!

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Re: the difference between two phrasal verbs

Post by eagerlearner » Mon May 27, 2019 7:43 am

phrasalverbs wrote: โ†‘
Sun May 26, 2019 8:57 am
Joe has already provided a perfect explanation.

I only want to add that englichclub has a great lists of phrasal verbs with samples
You can find them here:
https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/ ... s-list.htm

You also can also find lists of phrasal verbs with many samples of how to use them here:
www.usefulphrasalverbs.com

Thank you very much!

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