To act up

To act up

To act up: To misbehave (for people) or not to work properly (for machines)

Hey there!

Let’s take a look at the phrasal verb “to act up”.

To act up” is an intransitive phrasal verb, therefore inseparable,  and can be used to describe both the behavior of people or objects.

We use “to act up” to describe the bad behavior of a person, usually it is referring to children or teenagers.

NOW, let’s look at an example of each…


To act up

The teacher warned the students if they acted up in class, they would have extra homework.


To act up

My car has been acting up lately, I think I will have to take it to the mechanic.

Hope this helps!

Now Teacher


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