Phrasal verbs starting with “fill”

by Shweta Ramkumar

During one of my recent ESL Lessons with my Dutch student, we covered some phrasal verbs starting with the verb “fill”. As you may be aware, phrasal verbs consist of a verb alongwith a preposition. The three commonly used beginning with “fill” that I want to focus on are :

1. Fill Out : This is commonly used when completing a form, survey, questionaire etc with information. It can also be used when wanting to occupy vacant or blank spaces. 

For example, 

“All students need to fill out the registration form for the summer camp”

“Please fill out all the vacant spots for this morning’s cancelled radiology appointments”

2. Fill up : This is used when adding something of mass or volume in a physical space till it is complete and no more can be added to it.

For instance, 

“I need to fill up on petrol in my car before I leave for the beach”

“The empty jar was filled up with candy before the party”

3. Fill in : This is typically used in situations where blank spaces in paper will need to be completed with correct answers. It is also used to describe workplace situations when a staff member is unable to make it to work and another staff has to replace them temporarily; or to update someone on information they may have missed 

For Example 

“Most questions in the quiz involved fill in he blanks”

“Ben was able to fill in for Carol at the last minute when her son was sick”

“Please fill me in on what was discussed at the meeting that I won’t be attending this afternoon”

Have you heard of any other phrasal verbs starting with “fill” ?

When was the last time you had to fill something out, up or fill in for someone ?

Hi, I'm Shweta

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