Tear … down/ – to destroy a structure (like a building)
- It’s been 5 years since they tore down the old abandoned factory building and they still haven’t built the park that they promised us.
- The damage from the hurricane is so severe that the building can’t be repaired. We have to tear it down.
Note: The spelling of the verb “tear” (rip, violently separate) is exactly the same as the spelling of the noun “tear” (the water produced by our eyes when we cry or chop onions), but they have different pronunciations. The first one rhymes with “bear,” “scare,” and “wear.” The second (the noun) rhymes with “clear,” “near,” and “ear.” Continue reading “Decimate the Competition with These Phrasal Verbs”