Call Off - Phrasal Verbs tutorials

source: Twominute English    2014年4月8日
The phrase "call off'' has different meanings such as to cancel, to stop something that is already happening or planned, such as a party. It could also mean to order someone to stop attacking. For example: I yelled to the man to call off his dog.
Some additional vocabulary used in the conversations is highlighted at the end of the video. Practice them to build your fluency.
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0:13 Hi there! How are you doing?
0:15 You might have heard the phrase “call off’ when someone was talking about cancellation of a meeting or a plan.
0:22 It may be used when talking about stopping a plan in the middle, or canceling it completely.
0:28 This lesson will show you some examples of how to use the phrasal verb “call off.”
0:34 Improve your fluency by pausing the lesson and repeating the lines.
0:39 And here’s a tip to increase your vocabulary:
0:43 check out the explanation for some additional words used in the conversations, in the section at the end.
0:48 Shall we get started then?
0:57 Hey Linda! Do you know the meaning of the phrase “call off’?
1:01 Yes, I think so. It means to either cancel something or to stop something that is already happening.
1:08 Can you give me an example?
1:10 Yeah sure. Like if I say “Let’s call off the meeting”.
1:14 It means that I’m canceling a meeting that had been planned already.
1:18 Oh okay. I get it.
1:20 So, if I say that the concert had to be called off because the singer was sick, it means that the concert has been canceled.
1:29 Yes, correct.
1:31 We could use it to tell someone to stop something that is already happening.
1:36 Yes that’s right. Now let’s watch some conversations with more examples.
1:47 Did you hear about Andrea and Peter’s wedding?
1:50 No. What happened?
1:52 Andrea has called off the wedding.
1:54 Whoa! Did something happen so that they had to call off the wedding?
1:58 I really don’t know. But I think they had a fight.
2:01 They should’ve resolved it instead of calling off the wedding.
2:05 I think they’ve made up their minds and their decision is probably final.
2:10 Well, it’s their lives. They make their own choices.
2:13 Yeah! I just hope they’re the right ones.
2:22 Are you going to pay me back, or should I call my lawyer?
2:25 No, no. Call off your lawyer. We can work something out.
2:28 I’m not going to call off my lawyer just because you said so.
2:32 What if I pay you half today and the rest tomorrow. Will you call him off then?
2:37 I’ll consider it. First give me the money.
2:40 Okay. Here you go. Now please call him off.
2:44 Okay. I’ll call off my lawyer and I will come back tomorrow to get the rest of my money.
2:50 You will have it for sure.
2:58 Excuse me. I need to talk to you about your dog.
3:01 What about it?
3:02 It has been barking at everyone and since you let it loose, it also attacks people.
3:08 What do you want me to do?
3:09 Well do something about it! Call off your dog! Chain it, tie it, do anything you want to it, just call it off.
3:16 Okay, okay. I’ll do it.
3:18 Thanks.
3:28 When we join with other people to discuss something or make decisions, it is called a meeting.
3:33 You might have a meeting to discuss the sales plans at work,
3:45 A music show is called a concert. It may be open to the public or be private.
3:50 You might go to a public concert at a theater, or a private concert at your church.
4:00 A lawyer is a person who has studied law, passed a test, and been licensed by the state.
4:05 A lawyer helps you with legal problems.
4:07 You would hire a lawyer if you’d been accused of a crime, or if you wanted to force someone to obey a law that they’re breaking.
4:19 When talking about a dog, letting it loose means to allow it to roam around without tying it up.
4:24 In many places, there are laws against letting a dog loose.
4:28 But if a dog or other animal has been tied up too long and can’t get to food, you may want to let it loose to help it.
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