Mark Shimada

English Phrasal Verb Practice for “bring up” and “bring down”

In a small town, was a kind woman named Mrs. Wilson. She brought up [ aveva cresciuto ] her two children, Amy and John, to be kind and honest. Amy and John were brought up [ erano stati cresciuti ] with these values. They were loved by all their neighbors. 

One day, at a community meeting, Mrs. Wilson brought up an issue [ sollevò una questione ]. The old playground needed repairs. Everyone agreed and they started planning the renovation.

After the meeting, Mrs. Wilson went to the local council office. She went to discuss the playground project. "Can you bring up the budget report [ mostrare il rapporto sul bilancio ] on your computer?" she asked the council officer. Together, they wanted to bring down the costs [ abbassare i costi ] of the renovation.

Meanwhile, Amy was at school, preparing for a geography presentation. She brought up the school's location [ mostrò la posizione della scuola ] on a map app on her tablet. "Our town is right here," she pointed out.

Back home, John was upset about his football team losing a match. The defeat really brought him down [ lo aveva abbattutto ]. Seeing him sad, his mom said, "You'll win next time." Her words brought his spirits up [ lo risollevarono ]. 

That evening, during dinner, John brought up the idea [ propose ] of joining the basketball team. But Amy was surprised. John was bringing up [ stava iniziando/voleva iniziare ] another sport.

The next day, a storm hit the town. It brought down [ Abbatté ] many trees. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The neighbors helped to clean up the mess.

In school, Amy's history teacher brought up a recent scandal [ tirò fuori il caso di un recente scandalo ] in the government. "This is how public opinion can bring down a leader [ può far decadere un leader ]," he explained. The class talked about it a lot. Each person brought up an interesting point [ sollevò punti interessanti ]. 

By the end of the week, the town started fixing the playground. Mrs. Wilson was happy to see the community working together. Sometimes, bringing up important issues [ affrontare problemi importanti ] can be good for everyone.

The Wilson family sat down for dinner. They talked about ups and downs, and how they support and help each other.





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