It’s time for more phrasal verbs practice, my friend! Phrasal verbs are your favorite thing ever, right? 😘 I know they can be frustrating, especially because there are so many of them! But don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Learn a few at a time, let them sink in, and then learn a few more. As we say in English, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In this post, you’re going to master 5 common phrasal verbs with ‘jump’. And guess what? You’ll learn a few bonus idioms with ‘jump’, too! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s jump in!
Phrasal Verb 1: JUMP AT SOMETHING
When you think about jumping, what other words come to mind? For me, jumping makes me think about energy and happiness. (And as someone with knee issues, it also makes me think about my knees! 😅) I don’t think I’m the only one because one common idiom in English is jump for joy. When you jump for joy, you are extremely happy.
Naomi: After 3 months of being missing in action, we thought for sure our son was dead. We were jumping for joy when we found out he had survived!
Well, it’s exactly that sense of bliss that gives us our first phrasal verb with ‘jump’. When you jump at something, you accept an offer, an opportunity, etc. with enthusiasm.
Bertrand: Have you thought about doing an internship over the summer? It would take up a lot of your time, and you wouldn’t get paid, but you could learn some valuable skills.
Tommy: There’s nothing I’d like more. If I could land an internship, I’d jump at the opportunity.
Phrasal Verb 2: JUMP IN (Meaning 1)
This next phrasal verb is extremely common in spoken English. We use it to talk about interrupting. When you jump in, you interrupt a conversation.
This phrasal verb is also common in the news. When experts are arguing over an issue, sometimes the host will jump in to moderate the conversation, or to transition to a commercial break.
Because it’s so common, I’m going to give you three different examples of how we might use it.
Sara: I was reading the news all morning, and I’ve learned a ton about how tariffs work.
Frank: Really? I’ve never understood all that myself, but—
Abigail: Do you mind if I jump in? I couldn’t help overhearing you talking, and this is something I’m really interested in, too! I’m Abigail, by the way.
Geronimo: If you ask me, the most impressive thing about this rescue mission was the fact that they were operating in complete darkness, and—
Allison: That’s very true. And it goes to show that—
Hugh: I’m sorry to jump in, but we’re out of time. We’ve got to cut to a commercial break, but we’ll be back in just a few minutes.
Fred: Dawn is really getting on my nerves! Every time I start to have a meaningful conversation with Harry, she appears out of nowhere and jumps in uninvited.
Bill: Ugh. That is really obnoxious.
Phrasal Verb 3: JUMP IN (Meaning 2)
As if phrasal verbs weren’t difficult enough, some of them have multiple meanings! Such is the case with this common phrasal verb.
If someone jumps in, they start doing something very quickly without spending much time thinking about it first.
Bertha: I’ve been so lonely since Raul died, but I’m scared to get into the world of dating again.
Patti: Don’t overthink it! Just jump in and see what happens! Sure, you’ll have some awkward moments, but maybe you’ll meet someone wonderful. If you like, I can set you up on Match.com right now.
This phrasal verb is also part of an idiom, to jump in feet first. This has basically the same meaning as ‘jump in’, but with an added emphasis on having lots of enthusiasm and not having any fear.
Rick: I didn’t even have a business plan when I started. I jumped in feet first, and I got lucky. I never thought I’d become a millionaire!
Jumping in feet first can be a good thing, but what if you do something too quickly, before the time is right? Then you’ve jumped the gun!
Stephanie: I read an article yesterday about how millennials need to be more assertive in the workplace. I think I’m going to ask for a raise on Monday!
Ursula: Whoat! Don’t jump the gun, hon. You’ve only been there for a month!
Phrasal Verb 4: JUMP ON SOMEONE
Jumping doesn’t always have a happy, enthusiastic connotation, though. What does a lion do right before he devours his prey? He jumps on it! (Eek.)
When you jump on someone, you criticize someone. We only use this in informal situations, and you can also say jump all over someone to emphasize that the criticism was very strong.
Cathy: We need to talk. I’ve been unhappy for a long time, and I’d like to—
Rex: What?! You know how much pressure I’m under from work! How could you bring more stress into my life right now?!
Cathy: Hey, buddy! I’ve bent over backwards trying to make this work, but you’re so distant all the time. Don’t jump on me for wanting to be happy!
This isn’t the only instance of jump being used to talk about anger, by the way. If someone is jumping up and down, they are very angry or excited about something. This is an informal idiom, so using it in conversation is fine, but don’t use it in a research paper.
Dave: Conservatives are jumping up and down over this new regulation.
Phrasal Verb 5: JUMP OUT AT SOMEONE
I hear and use this phrasal verb all the time. If something jumps out at you, it is very obvious and you notice it easily. We often use this phrasal verb to talk about evidence in an investigation or a court case.
Chris: Thanks so much for reviewing her video deposition. Did anything jump out at you?
Greta: Now that you mention it, I thought it was odd that she starting playing with her necklace every time you asked her about the company’s Operating Agreement.
Melinda: I love that purple lipstick! It’s really jumps out at you, doesn’t it?!
Lydia: Thanks! It’s certainly bold. It goes with my personality!
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