Phrasal Verbs Starting with R & S

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The Big River Mix-Up

One week-end a month ago, Patty slipped up. She was very tired from the political campaign, so she went camping in the woods without telling anyone where she was going.

While Patty was camping, another woman who looked just like Patty showed up in Las Vegas, where she lost thousands of dollars. Pictures appeared in all the newspapers; it made Patty look very bad. Patty blew up when she saw the pictures.

Now, Patty's going to hire a detective to find out who the woman in Las Vegas was. But a detective will set her back a lot of money.

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Careful speech:  She is going to get her shoes out of the closet and put them on.

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Phrasal Verbs  Dennis Oliver's Phrasal Verb Page at Dave's ESL Cafe.

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Hiring a Detective

Patty was really mad when she heard that someone had impersonated her in Las Vegas. She and her campaign manager, Jason, are determined to figure out what happened.

Patty: We have to find out who was impersonating me in Las Vegas. Can we get a detective?

Jason: Sure we can, Patty, but that will a lot of money.

Patty: How much?

Jason: Maybe three hundred a day, plus expenses.

Patty: Three hundred? If they charge that much, they`re .

Jason: I don`t think so, Patty. It`s hard work. Sometimes they dangerous people. They earn their money.... I know a great agency. ABC Detective Agency. It`s not just a normal agency. They really in this kind of work. They get results.

Patty: Well, for that kind of money, they`d better not .

Jason: They never , Patty, believe me. They`re good. They`ll find out who that woman was.

Patty: We don`t have much for this, but they can work until we money.... Jason, do you have any idea at all who that woman could have been?

Jason: No, but Tony did.

Patty: Tony? Who`s Tony?

Jason: The new assistant. He`s smart. He was talking about that Chicago energy company, the one against the dam.... The problem with Tony is that he`s always late.

Patty: Well, when he , let me talk to him.

Jason: Sure.

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