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"going on" vs. "going off"



 
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"going on" vs. "going off" #1 (permalink) Sun Mar 26, 2006 5:18 am   "going on" vs. "going off"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #19 "A Collision - Finish this Story", question 1

I really can't tell what's ..........

(a) going on
(b) taking off
(c) going by
(d) taking in

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #19 "A Collision - Finish this Story", answer 1

I really can't tell what's going on.

Correct answer: (a) going on

Your answer was: incorrect
I really can't tell what's taking off.
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would you please explain the difference between them

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Phrasal verbs #2 (permalink) Sun Mar 26, 2006 21:00 pm   Phrasal verbs
 

Hi Themar,

You asked:

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would you please explain the difference between them
with reference to these phrasal verbs:

(a) going on
(b) taking off
(c) going by
(d) taking in


You have to accept that these so-called phrasal verbs (verb+preposition) have different meanings in different contexts and so the meaning I am giving to each one is only one example.

(a) means happening/taking place
(b) means leaving the ground as when an aeroplane starts to fly up
(c) means passing from one side to another
(d) means understanding.

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