English phrasal verbs for IELTS writing


Make it:

Examiner: Do you have any expectation regarding your scholarship application? Candidate: I am not sure if I am good enough to actually get the scholarship, but I expect to at least make it to the final round

Bone up on

to learn. Example: I had to bone up on my English studies to push my IELTS score to a 7 or higher.

Do away with

end/ terminate Example: Personally, I think we should do away with school uniforms. Students should wear what they like.

End up:

become eventually Example: I’m not sure what I will end up doing with my life. I can’t decide on a career path.

Figure out:

to learn the details of something, or discover how it works. Example: I figured out how to fix the television.

Make do with:

Examiner: Can you tell me something memorable about one of your recent outings? Candidate: Sure! My friends and I went to a friend’s house last week. Things were great,

Goof off:

to waste time or avoid work  Example: I used to spend most of the school days goofing off with her friends.

Make of:

understand or have an opinion Example: I’m not sure what to make of this question. Could you rephrase it for me?

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