Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you know how to use the verb “set”? It’s a common verb that a lot of native speakers use.

What about “set aside” and “set up”? If you can use these you will be able to connect naturally with native speakers.

Today we’ll start with a question from a listener:

Could you please record an episode learning the usage of the word “set” and expressions like “set up”, “all set” etc. It would be great! Thanks

Thanks Lindsay.



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How to use verbs with “set”:

1) To Set: To place something, set, set, set- irregular verb- set the table.

Example:Michelle did your mom ask you to set the table a lot when you were a kid?”


2) To set down: to place something down

Example: “Hey set that down. It’s dangerous to play with fireworks.”


3) To set up: to prepare, to construct anything you need like equipment

Example:My friend was the lead of a band at her friend’s birthday party. We all had to show up 1 hour early so that the band could set up before the guests got there.”


4) To set in: something sets in

A: Hey Michelle now that you’re almost 30 has any back pain started in set in?

B: No not quite yet.


5) To set aside: to put something in a different place, to save it, take it out of the group

A: Hey I know there is going to be a line at the brewery for the new beer that’s releasing tonight.

B: Yeah it should be a long one. Everyone’s coming.

A: Would you mind setting aside a growler for me? I have to work until 7:30 and I don’t want the lines to be tapped by the time I get there.

B: Sure I’ll set aside a few cans for you too.



Advice on phrasal verbs like set:

Listen to this episode again, pay attention to each conversation situation or role play.

Remember the situation.

Start to notice the words being used out in the world.

 Go out and experiment by using it.


What questions do you have from today?

Let us know in the comments below.

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