Phrasal verb THROW AWAY

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    THROW AWAY

    1. To throw away something (or throw something away) is to dispose of something you don’t want by putting in a rubbish bin, waste-paper basket, waste-disposal unit etc.

    Examples of use:

    1. I threw my old coat away.
    2. Why don’t you throw away those smelly old shoes?
    3. He has thrown away all of his rusty tools, and bought new ones.
    4. She doesn’t like throwing things away.
    5. My mum threw my English essay away by mistake.

     

    2. To throw away something (or throw something away) also means to ruin or lose something valuable or important, by doing something reckless or foolish.

    Examples of use:

    1. She went out with her friends every night instead of studying, and threw away her chance of a place at university.
    2. Don’t throw away your marriage. You need to spend more time with your wife.
    3. William had a good career and a lovely home, but he threw it all away with his gambling and drinking.

     

    infinitivethrow away
    present simplethrow away and throws away
    -ing formthrowing away
    past simplethrew away
    past participlethrown away

     

    Practise your English and write a sentence using this phrasal verb. Think of a suitable response to this question using the phrasal verb throw away.

    9. I can’t find my old boots. Do you know where they are?

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