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Mini Lesson: Phrasal Verb – "Set Up"


Introduction to the Target Language:


Hello and welcome! Today, we're focusing on a very handy phrasal verb: "set up." This verb is essential in both casual and business English for its versatility. "Set up" can mean:


  1. To establish or arrange: This includes starting businesses, arranging events, or configuring equipment.

  2. To prepare someone by providing what is necessary: Often used in contexts of facilitation and assistance.


Ready to learn more? Here are some clear examples to guide you.



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Example Phrases:


  1. Establishing or Arranging:

  • He set up a new marketing company with two of his college friends.

  • Could you help me set up the projector for tomorrow's presentation?

  • We need to set up a meeting to discuss the upcoming product launch.

  1. Providing Necessary Setup:

  • I set her up with the necessary contacts to get her business off the ground.

  • The agency set us up with all the equipment we needed for the expedition.

  • The teacher set up the student with resources to succeed in the course.


Gap Fill Exercise:


Let’s put your new skills to use! Fill in the blanks using the correct form of "set up":

  1. They've ________ a fund to help the victims of the disaster.

  2. She's been ________ in a temporary office while her usual workspace is being renovated.

  3. We need to ________ some guidelines for this project by next week.

  4. Can you ________ the chairs in the conference room before everyone arrives?

  5. He was ________ with a computer, a desk, and all necessary supplies on his first day.


Keep using "set up" in your day-to-day English, and you'll master it in no time! How did the gap fill exercise go?



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