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  • This is the Rachel’s English 30-Day Challenge!

  • Learn 30 phrasal verbs in 30 days!

  • Jumpstart your vocabulary in 2017.

  • Today is Day 20 and we're studying phrasal verbs withgrind”.

  • Grind up, grind down.

  • These two phrasal verbs don’t have anything to do with direction.

  • If you grind something up, you crush it into tiny little pieces.

  • Grind up the cloves for the cookie recipe.

  • She has a special machine to grind up the chicken.

  • Grind down means to wear away by pressure and movement.

  • The stone was ground down over centuries.

  • We also use it figuratively.

  • When something grinds down on you, it makes you tired, it wears you out.

  • Another phrasal verb! To wear out.

  • Just like to grind down.

  • The stress of this 30-day challenge is grinding me down.

  • Or is wearing me out.

  • We can also usegrind onthis way.

  • The stress of this project is really grinding on me.

  • Grind on can also mean to take a long time, and it has a negative feeling about it.

  • This house renovation is just grinding on.

  • Grind out: this is to produce something.

  • This is likebang out’, which you learned on day 2 of the challenge.

  • You don’t necessarily focus on skill or quality, but on getting it one.

  • I have to grind out that report.

  • I’m going to grind out another article by the end of the day.

  • Grind away is the opposite, it means to work at something over time.

  • Are you studying for the GRE?

  • Yup, I’m grinding away every day.

  • Grind up, grind down, grind on, grind out, grind away.

  • You know, now that I think of it, there is a bonus grind on phrasal verb.

  • And that is when someone is doing some dirty dancing on you.

  • Then you would say "That person is grinding on me all night."

  • Like if you were in a dance club or something.

  • Grind begins with the GR consonant cluster.

  • Your lips will round for the R, rr-, gr-, as you make the G sound.

  • Grind. Make the G with the back of the tongue touching and pulling away from the soft palate, g- g- g-.

  • Make the R with the front of the tongue, pulling it back and up a bit.

  • Rrgrr--- the tip shouldn’t be touching anything.

  • Gr-ind. Then the AI as in BUY diphthong.

  • Drop your jaw at first, grrrii---

  • then bring the front of the tongue towards the roof of the mouth, leaving your tongue tip down.

  • Aii---

  • Grrii---

  • Griiinn---

  • Then just flip the tongue up so the top is at the roof of the mouth for the N.

  • Ggrrriiiinnn---dd--

  • And finally the D. Your tongue is already in position, you just need to make the D sound with the vocal cords,

  • d- d- d- grind.

  • Grind.

  • If the next word begins with a consonant, you might drop the D.

  • We sometimes drop the T and D when it comes between two other consonants.

  • Grind me down. Grind me--

  • There, the D comes between two consonants and I'm not saying the D.

  • Grind me down. Grind me down. Grrriinnme down.

  • If the next word begins with a vowel or diphthong, you definitely want to make the D.

  • Use it to connect the two words together.

  • Grind away, d- d- da- wayda way.

  • Griinnddaway. Grind away.

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    Darren posted on 2017/05/22
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