Starting With Up

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I realized that I spend a lot of time focusing on grammar, so let’s take a quick look at some words that start with up.

Ups and downs – good points and bad points.

e.g.

– How’s your new job?

– Well, it has its ups and downs.

Ups and downs

Upside down – in a reversed position.

e.g.

Upside down

This photo is upside down.

upbringing – the education we get when we’re growing up.

e.g.

My parents were sometimes strict and studying at school was tough but I think I got a good upbringing.

Good upbringing

uproar – a public expression of protest or anger.

e.g.

When Salman Rushdie released his “The Satanic Verses” book, it caused an uproar in Islamic countries.

Salman Rushdie

Poor man, Iran wants him dead…

upshot – conclusion, result.

e.g.

The upshot of the meeting was signing a partnership agreement between the companies.

The upshot of a meeting

upsurge – a quick rise.

e.g.

There’s been an upsurge in terrorist attacks around the world over the last 6 years.

An upsurge in terrorist attacks

Now, let’s try putting those words into sentences:

In which contexts would you use these words and what examples can you come up with? I’d love to hear some of your ideas in the comments 🙂

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