Phrasal verb: to run out of

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Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and one or more prepositions. They are often difficult to understand because there isn't always a logical relation between the verb, the preposition and the meaning(s). In Help Yourself To English, we want to show you the most common phrasal verbs and the contexts in which we use them.
In all cases, they are the verbs that English speakers most often use in those contexts.

Today's phrasal verb: run out of .  Activity time: 5 - 20 minutes

Task: The man in the illustration is walking to the garage because he has run out of petrol. Answer the questions.

  1. What do you think the expression  has run out of means?  Google the words "run out of - definition" to check your answers, if necessary.
  2. What other things can you run out of?  Google the words "run out of" and see how many examples you can find.
  3. What's the difference between we're running out of petrol and we've run out of petrol ?

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