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02 / 09 / 2004

MORE EXPRESSIONS WITH 'BACK': meaning and examples

Good morning everybody.

Or maybe I should say, welcome back! Yesterday we looked at the expressions go back and come back. Today we will focus on the meaning of back when it is combined with other verbs.

In general back means: to return or do something again.

Some of you may remember that last January the 14th, the Daily Vitamin was about the expression pay back (to return money).

Specific Expressions

-->To call back = to return someone's telephone call

Example 1
Can I call you back after dinner?

-->To give back = to return something to someone

Example 2
John borrowed my dictionary last week and he still hasn't given it back to me.

-->To put back = to return something to its place.

Example 3
Rachel never puts the files back when she finishes reading them.

These are just a few examples, but there are many more! If you have any questions about using any of these expressions with back, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day!

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