I might have made a thing
The English Language, Everyone!
My greatest struggle while learning English has been memorizing phrasal verbs. THEY REALLY ARE THE ORIGINAL TROLLS:
“Oh heeeeey! I see you like the verb “put”!
- Let me make up some new phrases using the verb + all the prepositions in the English language. WAIT. ACTUALLY
- One preposition + the same verb will have many DIFFERENT meanings. Like many. You decide when putting something down means:
#1 to stop holding something and place it on a table, shelf, etc
#2 to write something; to make a note of something
#3 to pay part of the cost of something
#4 to stop something by force
#5 to kill an animal, usually by giving it a drug, because it is old or sick
#6 to put a baby to bed
#7 to present something formally for discussion by a parliament or committee
- Did I mention that some of these are only used in BrE and others only in AmE? Good luck with that HAHAHAH
- You know what? That’s not enough. Sometimes the phrasal verb will be used only with sb and other times only with sth. Well, of course, you can use the same phrasal verb with both of them but then it will have another meaning! Speaking of which…
- … There will be phrasal verbs whose meaning will be completely different if you accidentally put sb or sth after or before the preposition. You know, sometimes it can be before the preposition, other times after, then it can be wherever the fuck it wants but of course it will have another meaning. Hmm well your life already sucks, why don’t I make it more miserable?
- I see you hate prepositions and all that stuff so lemme expand the phrasal verb. I will now put a second preposition
”put somebody down as something”. There will be a similar phrasal verb where the second preposition will be different and it will mean something else: “put somebody down for something”
- Yeah, welp. Ugh, that’s not enough! BECAUSE I AM MOTHERFUCKING CRUEL, at some point, you can drop one of the prepositions. But that’s for some of the phrasal verbs only. Only the ones I fucking tell you like “set something (off) against something”
All this doesn’t make any sense, does it? Damn, I am so fucking good at logic. Why? Because fuck logic and fuck you that’s why.”
- English phrasal verbs :)