Mark Shimada

English Phrasal Verb Practice for “give up” and “give in”

Christy liked challenges a lot. One day, she decided to climb a big hill. The hill was behind her school. Halfway up the hill, she felt tired. "I can't do this." She wanted to give up [ rinunciare]. Then, she remembered her brother. He always encouraged her. He said, "Always keep going.” So, she didn't give up [ non si arrese ]. Finally, she reached the top. It was an amazing view.

At school, Christy was known for being healthy. Last year, she gave up candy [ ha smesso con le caramelle ]. Some friends wanted to be like her. So, some gave up eating candy, too [ Altri smisero di mangiare caramelle come lei ]. At a birthday party, she didn’t eat any cake. She said to her friends, “I gave up sweets [ Ho smesso coi dolci ].”

One day, her brother wanted to watch a scary movie. Christy didn't like scary movies. But, she gave in [ dovette cedere ]. She watched the movie with him. She held a pillow during the whole movie. The movie wasn’t that scary. Christy didn’t give in to her fear [ Christy non cedette alla paura ].

A friend asked her to help her. Her friend wanted to choose a dog. But, Christy had a fear of dogs. Again, she didn’t want to give in to her fear [ non voleva cedere alla paura ]. She was nervous and didn’t give in [ tenne duro ]. She went with her friend. Surprisingly, she found that puppies were cute. Now, she wanted a puppy, too.

Later, she and her friend went to her house. They decided to play hide and seek. In her house, she knew the perfect hiding place. She stayed there. After a long time, her Mom had dinner ready. So, Christy had to give up her hiding place [ cedere il suo nascondiglio ]. She shouted to her friend, “I give up! [ mi arrendo! ] Let’s go to dinner.”

But Christy had a really big challenge. She was trying to learn the piano. She practiced every day, but it was hard. After a few weeks, she gave up [ rinunciò ]. "Maybe piano is not for me," she thought sadly.

Christy’s parent noticed she was sad. They asked her what was wrong. She shared her feelings. She was frustrated playing the piano. Her parents said, “Some things are hard. It’s good to keep trying.” Christy thought about her brother again, too. She decided not to give up the piano [ di non abbandonare il pianoforte ]. She felt better. She went to the piano to practice more. 

Christy had learned a lot lately. She learned it's okay to give up sometimes [ lasciare perdere, a volte ]. It’s good not to give up easily. This is why Christy liked challenges. She learned more about herself.


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