Making Plans in English

Phrasal verbs are a great way to improve your English communication skills. They will help you sound more natural and you will be able to understand native speakers more easily. In this lesson you will learn 5 phrasal verbs that you can use to talk about making plans!

Hang out

Definition: to spend time with someone without a set plan

When you don’t have a plan other than spending time together, we often use the phrase hang out. 

Here are some examples:

  • Do you want to hang out this weekend?
  • Last weekend I hung out with my friends in Osaka.
  • They are always hanging out together. 


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Go Out

Definition: To go to a place and drink alcohol

Go out can mean to leave a place but in the UK it just means to go and drink alcohol somewhere. This is my favourite way of making plans with new people I meet!

(on a side note – in the UK this work is often used to describe two people who are dating. “They are going out with each other”)

This is how you can use this idiom:

  • Do you fancy going out on Friday after work?
  • I went out last night and now I am a bit hungover.
  • I often go out with my colleagues at the weekend. 


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Meet up

Definition: to meet people at a pre-determined public place. 

This is usually the starting point where everyone will gather before moving on to other activities. It’s a great starting point when making plans with friends.

Check out these examples:

  • Let’s meet up at the station at 6pm
  • What time are we meeting up this weekend?
  • I met up with a group of friends last week.


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Catch up

Definition: To talk with someone you haven’t seen for a long time.

A catch up is where you chat with a friend you haven’t seen for a while and find out what happened since the last time you saw them. Maybe they have some juicy gossip?

Here are some examples:

  • Do you fancy a catch up over a coffee?
  • I haven’t seen you for years! Let’s catch up as soon as possible.
  • I spend all afternoon catching up with an old friend.


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Chill out

Definition: to relax with someone and do very little.

This is where you spend time with someone, usually at home, with an emphasis on relaxing and not really doing anything that requires effort. Usually this means watching TV, playing games or talking.

Here are some examples:

  • Do you want to chill out at mine tonight? We can get a pizza or something.
  • It been a busy week. Let’s just chill out this weekend. 
  • Me and Steve spent all week just chilling out and playing games. 


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To be up for something

Definition: to want to do something or to be interested in doing something. 

We usually use this as a way of asking people if they want to do something. You will definitely hear it a lot in the UK, especially when making plans.

Here are some examples:

  • Are you up for the cinema tonight?
  • Let’s ask them if they are up for the beach this weekend?
  • Yeah, I am up for a road trip! Let’s do it! 


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