Have you ever made a mistake at work or school and been told off for it?
Today we are going to look at the phrasal verb to tell someone off.
What do you think this phrasal verb means?. Do you think to tell someone off is a positive thing?
To tell someone off means to tell someone that their behaviour is not acceptable. It is a separable phrasal verb and an object must go between “tell” and “off”.
Martin was late to a meeting and the boss told him off.
Remember that to tell someone off often means something is final. For example:
Andrea told Tom off and then broke up with him.
Well now, you better keep studying your phrasal verbs so you don’t get told off by your English teacher! 🙂