Rob talks about the sort of questions people ask when they go clothes shopping.

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Hello,
I am confused with "try on" too, in what situation that "try" and "on" can be separated?
Are these expressions correct:
"Can I try on it ?"
"Can I try the blue one on?"

Hello Will Smile Li,

'try on' is a separable phrasal verb. The objects of separable phrasal verbs can go between the verb and the particle, or after the particle -- e.g. both 'try the blue one on' and 'try on the blue one' are correct.

When the object is a pronoun, however, the pronoun can only go between the verb and the particle. In other words, 'try it on' is correct but *'try on it' is not. This rule is true of any separable phrasal verb.

This is explained in more detail on the page I linked to above.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi,
I can't listening parts of this video very well, and i haven't found the "Transcript" in the page.
Could you add this function in, please?
Think you very much!

Hello Charles Ma,

We plan to add transcripts one day, but I'm afraid it's going to be some time before they are ready. In the meantime, if you have a question about a short segment or two, please feel free to ask us. We only request that you tell us what the time code is (e.g. 1:11–1:16).

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Kirk
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Hi

I need some help. I don't understand the meaning or the function of the word "on" in this phrases:
Can I try on the blue ones please?
Can I try it on please?
We just can say "Can I try the blue ones please?"
It's about a grammar form?

Hi Marcela,

"Try on" it's a phrasal verb, is the way that how people naturally speak on the street, I don't see any problem in use just "Try", I've said it when I was in London and I had no problem but, if you wanna talk more naturally you should use the phrasal verbs.
It's like the another phrasal verb "Put On" (let me put on my jacket), it's quite similar if you think about the word "on".

All the best
Fernando

Hello Marcela Santos,

'Try on' is an example of a multi-word verb, also called a phrasal verb, where the verb occurs with a particle (a preposition or adverb) to create a new meaning.

'Try' has a very general meaning. 'Try on' has a more specific meaning and is used only in connection with clothes.

You can read more about these verbs here and here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

is it true to say: do you have them in blue? instead of : have you got them in blue?

Hello xsjra,

Yes, both of those are perfectly fine and have the same meaning.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi I couldn't put all these sentence in the box you have to fix it I can only put one in each

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