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Phrasal Verbs

play back

This page is about the phrasal verb play back

Meaning

to play something that's just been recorded, such as a video, a message, or some music

For example

  • play back sth When we played back the song we'd just recorded, it sounded great.

  • play sth back When Paul gets home he checks his answering machine and if there are any messages, he plays them back straight away.

Nouns often used as objects with play back: message, recording, song, clip, sequence, scene, track, video, music

Quick Quiz

Don't forget to play the message back

a. before you've recorded it

b. after you've recorded it

c. while you're recording it

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