Mark Shimada

English Phrasal Verb Practice for “put on” and “take off”

One morning, Jenny put on her favorite jacket [ si mise la sua giacca preferita ]. It was a special day at school. Her class was putting on a play [ stava organizzando una recita ]. Jenny was nervous. She put on a brave face [ si fece coraggio ] and practiced her lines again.

At breakfast, her dad noticed he put on a few pounds [ aveva messo su qualche chilo ]. "I need to exercise more," he said. Jenny's mom smiled and put on a kettle [ mise su un bollitore d’acqua ] for tea. Jenny laughed and finished her toast.

During breakfast, Jenny's mom put on skin cream [ si mise della crema ]. "Protecting your skin is important,” she said. Jenny smiled and took off for school [ partì per andare a scuola ].

At school, everyone was excited about the play. Later there was a storm. Then there was an announcement. Everyone had to go home. The storm was going to be serious. The play was taken off the schedule [ era stata cancellata ]. Jenny was disappointed. She decided not to put on a sad face [ non mettere il broncio ]. 

Jenny went home. At home, she took off her wet jacket [ si tolse la giacca bagnata ] and shoes. Her mom asked. “Why aren’t you putting on your play [ metti su la tua recita ]?” 

She then said, "Things can take off in unexpected ways [ andare in modi che non ti aspetti ]. You can try again.” Jenny heard her Mom’s words. She felt better.

In the evening, Jenny's family watched a movie. Jenny's dad put on a comedy film [ mise su una commedia ]. Everyone enjoyed it and laughed a lot. During the movie, Jenny's mom took off her makeup [ si tolse il trucco ].

Jenny’s brother started to put on a show [ mettere su uno spettacolino ]. Everyone laughed again. "Stop putting on an act [ fare la commedia ]," Jenny said to him. He just grinned and continued.

Before going to bed, Jenny put on her pajamas [ si mise il pigiama ]. She thought about her day. She was sad about the play. But, she was also happy to be with her family.


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