Throw Away - Phrasal Verbs in English Conversations - Phrasal Verbs Tutorials

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In this lesson, we will learn how to use ‘throw away’.


Andy: Hello, everybody. Today we’re going to talk about the expression ‘throw away’.

Debby: Hi, Andy. Hello, everyone. ‘Throw away’ is a common expression that means to discard something you don’t want, or need, anymore.

Andy: That’s right. Imagine you have an old T-shirt that has a hole in it. You will never wear this shirt again, so you throw it away. In other words, you put it in a trash can.

Debby: Andy, do we only throw objects away?

Andy: No. Sometimes we use this expression in a figurative way. For example, when you spend a lot of time or money doing something and the result is not what you want, you say you throw away your time or money.

Debby: I see…I spent a lot of money on a car that looked new, but never worked. So I can say that I threw my money away.

Andy: Yes, that’s exactly right.

Debby: Ok. I think I get it.

Andy: Let’s take a look at some dialogues with different examples.

Parents Talking.

Jeff: Well, honey, we need to talk about our son.

Ruth: I know. He spent all that time and money to become a doctor and now wants to leave everything and become a singer.

Jeff: How can he throw away a college education like that?

Ruth: I know! We have to talk to him. We need to help him see that this is crazy!

Jeff: I talked to him for a long time yesterday, but he just wouldn’t listen to me. He said he’s made his decision. I feel like I threw away two hours of my life talking to him.

Ruth: No, honey. You did what you had to do. He has to understand that he is throwing away many future opportunities.

Jeff: You’re right. Let’s talk to him one more time, together.

Ruth: Yes. We must at least try.

On the Street.

Andy: Excuse me, sir. I think you dropped this.

Jeff: What? Oh, no. I threw it away.

Andy: On the floor? There is a trash can right over there.

Jeff: Well, you’re right. I’m in a hurry. I didn’t see the trash can. Thank you.

Andy: No problem.

At Home.

Ruth: Hey, Debby. Did you go to the game yesterday?

Debby: Yes, and I’m sorry I did. I threw my money away! What a horrible game!!

Ruth: I agree. I threw away an opportunity to go out with Eric because of that stupid game.

Debby: Why didn’t you invite him to go with you?

Ruth: He doesn’t like football. But I’m glad he didn’t go. Why throw his money away, too?

Debby: You’re right, of course.

1 Comments. Read them below or Add comment
neel jain
wow....superb but for beginners like us.it would be helpful if you give their all meanings in the beginning or at the end....so we can check our understanding level.

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