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Vocabulary: expressions with carry

There are some phrasal verbs that use "carry". Can you match the meanings of : Carry on , carry off, carry out ...

1 How many of these expressions do you use?

2 - Match the meanings

Look at the sentences below containing expressions with carry. Match them to the appropriate meanings below.
EXAMPLE: a) ii)
  1. People started to get really carried away. One man got on the table and started dancing.
  2. She's an important person. Her opinions carry a lot of weight.
  3. It's really quite a risky venture. I doubt whether they'll be able to carry it off.
  4. Her great courage carried her through her illness.
  5. The motion was carried by 310 votes to 306.
  6. It was all quite funny at first but they really carried the joke too far.
  7. His voice didn't carry to the back of the hall. I couldn't hear a word he was saying.
  8. Do you think she'll carry out her threat to resign?
  9. He carried on talking despite all the noise.
  1. to be approved
  2. to be too excited
  3. (of a sound) to be able to reach a certain distance
  4. to succeed in doing something
  5. to do something too much or for too long
  6. to continue doing something
  7. to be respected and believed by people
  8. to complete a job or put into practice a plan or order
  9. to help someone manage when they are ill or having difficulties

3 - Complete Sentences

Now complete these sentences with one of the expressions.
  1. I got a bit ____________ . and bought three pairs of shoes instead of one.
  2. A public speaker needs a voice that ____________ well.
  3. Sarah's views ____________ a lot of ____________ with the Sales Director.
  4. He felt nervous before the speech but he ____________ it ____________ well in the end.
  5. How long did the party ____________ for after I left?
  6. The bill was finally ____________ despite strong opposition.
  7. I think we should wait until more tests have been ____________
  8. Despite all the problems they were having, their love for each other ____________ them ____________
  9. The joke was quite funny at first but they definitely ____________ it ____________
  10. My father died penniless, leaving me to ____________ for all his failed business ventures

4 - Discussion

Extra points for using an expression with "carry" while discussing these points.
  1. How long do you think you will carry on studying English for?
  2. Do you know of a situation where a joke was carried too far? What happened?
  3. What happens if parents or teachers make threats to children which they don't carry out?
  4. Would you be a good public speaker? Does your voice carry well in large spaces?
  5. Do you have a friend or is there someone in your family whose views carry a lot of weight? Why is that?
  6. Have you ever managed to carry something off that you didn't really think was possible?

5 - Match up pairs

2 pots to collect your clicked items Starting with the first pot, click the items to place each of the 4 items into one of the 2 pots to form groups of 2 items in ech pot
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