Phrasal Verbs

act on

This page is about the phrasal verb act on


If you act on somebody's advice, you do as they suggest.

For example

  • act on sth I really should act on my doctor's advice and try to eat less and exercise more.

  • act on sth He acted on the instructions of his lawyer and refused to answer any questions.

Nouns often used as objects with act on: advice, suggestions, instructions, information, orders

Quick Quiz

Whenever he was in trouble with the police, Sammy acted on

a. his lawyer's advice

b. a reality TV show

c. his best behaviour

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