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  • Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on "Expressions

  • with 'HANG'". Today, we will be looking at one, two, three, four, five, six different

  • expressions that all use the word "hang" in some way. I hope some of them will be familiar,

  • and some of them will be new to you guys.

  • So, first up: "Hang on". The sentence says: "Could you hang on a minute?" When we see

  • "a minute", "hang on", clearly, we see this means to wait. Okay? So, "to hang on" means

  • to wait. Generally, we use "hang on" in the imperative form, which means we give a command.

  • So, if you're listening to a person tell a story and you want to say: 「Whoa, whoa, whoa.

  • Hang on, hang on. Wait, wait, wait", also kind of like "stop" in this situation... And

  • if your friends are running away, and you're like: "Whoa. Hang on, hang on a minute. Hang

  • on a minute." Okay? So, this means wait. And usually it's given in a command form. Okay?

  • Next up we have: "Hang up". So, the sentences here say: "Did you hang up the phone?", "He

  • hung up on me." So, "to hang up" generally... All the time, actually, we use it to refer

  • to ending a phone call and clicking the end button. Okay? So, "to hang up" is to end a

  • phone call. And the important part here is to know you can use the preposition "on" if

  • someone hangs up on you. So, if I say: "He hung up on me", that means he ended the phone

  • call. Now, usually this is because the other person was angry or upset at you, so: "I can't

  • believe he hung up on me.", "I can't believe she hung up on me." Okay?

  • Next one is: "Hang out". So: "Do you want to hang out this weekend?" If you watch a

  • lot of movies or if you listen to music, anything related to pop culture, you have probably

  • heard this a lot, TV shows as well, and "to hang out" just means to spend time. Okay?

  • So, you hang out with your friends on the weekends. And hanging out means not doing

  • anything in particular, but just spending time with your friends. So, you can hang out

  • at someone's house, you can hang out at a coffee shop. So, just hang out. Spend time

  • together in a casual situation. Okay?

  • The next one is: "To hang around". So: "We're hanging around the mall." So, you're talking

  • on the phone, and your friend calls you and says: "Hey, where are you? We're looking for

  • you." And you say: "Oh, we're just hanging around the mall." So, "hang around" you might

  • think has a very similar meaning to "hang out" because you are spending time, but "hang

  • around" means you're spending time usually in one specific area, and usually it's because

  • you're wasting time and waiting for something else to happen. So, it does mean to spend

  • time in an area. Now, again, as I mentioned, usually you're waiting for something else

  • to happen when you're hanging around. So, you know, if you tell your friends: "Just

  • hang around here for five minutes. Just spend some time, kill the time here. Okay? And I

  • will be back. Just hang around this area."

  • Next is: "To hang in". And this is one that we definitely most often use in a command

  • form as well, imperative form. So: "Hang in (there) just a little longer." You'll notice

  • I put the term... The word "there" in parenthesis, in brackets, and this is because we often

  • use this with "hang in". So, if I say: "Hang in there", this means... Well, it means to

  • don't give up, keep surviving, keep fighting. So, "to hang in" means to continue, or to

  • survive, or to not give up. So, if you're watching a mixed martial arts fight, for example,

  • and one of the fighters in the fight, you know, you don't expect him to win and you

  • say: "Wow, it's round three. He has hung in for three rounds." So, he has hung in there

  • for three rounds, this means that he has survived. He is still going, continuing for th-, th-,

  • the third round. I'm sorry. My tongue is doing th-, th-, th-, things.

  • And, finally, the expression "to hang on someone's every word". So, for example: "I hung on the

  • professor's every word." This means you pay attention to, listen to, you're interested

  • in the person's every word. So, basically, this means to be interested in everything

  • or by everything a person has to say. Now, you can use this when you're listening to

  • a lecture, you can use this if you're listening to a politician, you know, give a speech and

  • you're just interested in everything a person has to say. Okay?

  • So, to quickly review: "Hang on" means to wait. "Hang up" means to end a phone call.

  • "Hang out" is to spend time, usually with friends casually. "Hang around", you're spending

  • time in one area; hanging around a doctor's office, hanging around the mall. "To hang

  • in" is to continue, to survive, to not give up; usually in an imperative form. So: "Hang

  • in there. Come on, hang in. Keep going. Don't give up." And "to hang on someone's every

  • word", you're interested and attracted to a person and everything that they have to

  • say, more specifically.

  • So, if you'd like to test your understanding of these six "hang" expressions, as always,

  • you can check out the quiz on

  • And don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Bye.

Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on "Expressions

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6 Phrasal Verbs with HANG: hang on, hang up, hang out...

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