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What does shut down mean?

What does the word shut in a phrasal verb usually mean?

"I went to the city council meeting because I wanted to speak, but I was __________".

BONUS QUESTION: What do you think shut in means?

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113 Comments on “Phrasal Verbs – SHUT”

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thank you…
you are agood teacher:)

Thursday, September 3rd 2009

    if you gave us more phrasal verbs i would be very grateful. thanks for your best teaching.


    Thursday, January 14th 2010

I woud like to khow why some people say
I HAVE NO IDEA are they right? if yes explain me why!

Friday, September 4th 2009

Dear guys

I love this program. You guys have come up with a great product that really helps me learn better. Keep up the good work!”

Is there a lesson “about past perfect”?

Best wishes

Hoppel, Germany

Friday, September 4th 2009

i think you are a good teacher but you talk pretty fast.

Friday, September 4th 2009

    yes, i agree. James you talks too fast. would you mind speak a little slow, hehe,,Thank you for your reading…

    Thursday, October 15th 2009

i think u are a cool tacher…i like learning with u because u are funny;-)
i keep in mind the words sooner when u joke..ehheheh…byeeeee

from italy

Sunday, September 6th 2009

Hi James, thanks for your class… It’s fun but, can you speak slower please?

Thanks :D from Chile

Sunday, September 6th 2009

good stuff i really enjoyed listening to you
i would like to ask a question
how can i put shut in, in a sentence?

Sunday, September 6th 2009

    u cn use ‘shut in’ in a sentence like “he’s been shut inside that room for more than a year.”
    it can be either shut inside or shut in.

    Saturday, January 2nd 2010

good stuff i really enjoyed listening to you
i would like to ask you a question
how can i put shut in, in a sentence?

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Sunday, September 6th 2009

it’s very funy and useful lesson. thank you

Tuesday, September 8th 2009

You are not fun J/k. It’s a good way to explain things with jokes.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009


Wednesday, September 9th 2009

Hey James! Don’t cry out!

Please, shut your piehole, otherwise I’ll shut off my computer. Besides that I need to shut down my home work ASAP. I hope to do it before the company shut off the eletricity.

Thank you guy…It’s very useful!


Thursday, September 10th 2009

    that s a good practice,u have learnt too fast

    Wednesday, September 16th 2009

    it’ll be “shut down” my computer; u dont use that after besides(in that perticular sentence)
    u’ll say i need to finish my homework, cuz u cant use the verb”shut” with homework n it’ll be ” before the company “”cuts off”” the electricity”

    PS- n its not a company tht manages the electicity stuff.

    Saturday, January 2nd 2010

Very Funny :))
I like your way to explain …..
Thanks alot Mr.James…

Thursday, September 10th 2009

tnx james..
i could do the test correct even after a while..it means i haven’t forgotten the lesson which is my problem….tnx all you nice teachers…..

Friday, September 11th 2009

Hi James

It’s interesting to listen to your lessons.
You’re a funny teacher. I like your lessons very much.
But…..could you please slow down the speed the way you talk…..
because it’s too fast for me to catch up with @@
Thanks a lot for your funny lessons~

Friday, September 11th 2009


Hello James, The videos you made clear my five-year-confusion on grammar problems.

I have a couple questions on MOVIE DIALOGUE grammar (colloquial talk)
In the movie ‘THE DARK KNIGHT”

In a scene, Joker said: “If tomorrow I tell the press that, like, a gangbanger will get shot,
or a truck load of soldiers will be blowing up, they will lose their mind.

– Q – why he used “a truck load of soldiers will be blowing up” INSTEAD of “A truck load of soldiers WILL BE BLOWN UP?”
(since the second one is grammatically correct, why he used the first one instead? Is there any explanation on how American colloquial talk function?)

In a scene when Joker was finally caught & locked up in cell, Mayor tells Gordon (the man who catches Joker) to go home.

Mayor (to Gordon): “Go home. The Clown will keep till morning.”

Q – Why the mayor didn’t use the passive tense instead (the clown will be kept till morning.)?

These two questions have been gnawed at me for months now, any ideas?

Thank you, K

Saturday, September 12th 2009

I got 100 in the quiz , yeah!!
thank you so much Teacher James , you are the man , I like your other lectures also.

Saturday, September 12th 2009

great lesson James!

Saturday, September 12th 2009

Monday, September 14th 2009

I learned a lot sir James, thank you so much, you are a good teacher. Please keep up the good work. God bless you.

Monday, September 14th 2009

great job you are a good teacher thanks for your videos

Monday, September 14th 2009

Great lesson, i learned new vocabulary, congrats to the teacher for this amaizing job!

Tuesday, September 15th 2009

great job thanks sir

Wednesday, September 16th 2009

well i really need your help pls. and in my grammar clasess i have to do a presentation like a class , and my subject is “would offering invitation”, the thing is that i dont know how to do it, and if you can explain this, i`ll appreciate, because this is my first year and i dont kow to much thing.
Sorry for my poor english !
Regards from Chile


Sunday, September 20th 2009

i really like your style of teaching

Wednesday, September 23rd 2009

shut your piehole LoooooOOOooooL

as u said ..

Saturday, September 26th 2009

I really like you and your lessons.
You are so funny.
Thanks a lot.
Greeting from Czech Republic

Friday, October 2nd 2009

I really enjoy your teaching style… the jokes and your body language make easier to remember.

Friday, October 2nd 2009

i think u r the good teacher but speak lettle fast

Monday, October 19th 2009

You are a cool teacher and very funny indeed!I can understand you perfectly well! It is rather difficult and sometimes boring to study phrasal verbs by heart, but by watching your videos is much easier to remember them! so, thank you!

Tuesday, October 20th 2009

will you please speak little bit slower……thank you…you are a great teacher anyways.

Saturday, October 24th 2009

I’m getting a lot from from these lesson keep it up and God will bless you.

Sunday, November 1st 2009

I like the way you ape italian pronunciation…! We speak a really bad english :__D
Thanks for these lessons, dont shut up!

Friday, November 6th 2009

thank you , I knew the meaning of shut up ,shut down ,but this the first time to know the meaning of shut off ,shut out ,thanks alot

Saturday, November 14th 2009

Oh Man! I really enjoyed this lesson. Thanks a lot!

Thursday, November 19th 2009

Ooh….You ll have big oral cavity)

Sunday, December 6th 2009

Hi teacher yuo speek very fast but is okey tanks

Thursday, December 10th 2009

Hi James!
I always was afraid of phasal verbs because I couldn’t remember them so I tried to not use them in my speech….but NOW I really feel I can get it)) I like how you explain this! Thank youuuuu :)

Friday, January 8th 2010

Thank you teacher :)

Wednesday, February 17th 2010

    hey Zeina how are you?

    Wednesday, February 17th 2010

The best teacher I ever had !!!

Friday, February 26th 2010

it’s cool but so fast!!!)

Monday, March 1st 2010

Hi James thanks for you lesson you are prety funy

Thursday, March 4th 2010

hi James,

I love u and ur lesson too.

Thursday, April 1st 2010

i am Nhat. I come from Viet nam.
thanks a lot!!!

Monday, April 5th 2010

great, thank you

Friday, May 7th 2010

good but very fast

Thursday, May 13th 2010

Your way of teaching is awesome man

Friday, May 21st 2010

Hey James!

Do you still date the girl you are talking about in this lesson? :)
Let me know when you are avalible :)))

Saturday, July 10th 2010

i think you are talented and funny

Saturday, July 31st 2010

i like your friend e his very cute, and i want to say ur very gifted teacher, thank you for making easier for us to learn

Wednesday, August 11th 2010

hey, i think ur talking’speed is good


Friday, October 22nd 2010

thank you, you are perfct

Sunday, October 31st 2010

thank you very good lesson but please talk slowly

Monday, November 8th 2010

wowwww my answers for quiz for 100 % right…happy))) and thanksssssssss to uuu dear James!

Tuesday, December 7th 2010

Hello James,
I’m Maria from Portugal, I started to watch your videos last week, and I feel quite happy to have found you, my english is not good yet, but hopefully your lessons will be useful for me to improve my communications skills.
Love your entertaining teaching. I’m very pleased.
I’m looking foward to assist more and more lessons.
Thanks a lot xx

Thursday, December 9th 2010

really i like your way to teach us… keep going

Sunday, January 2nd 2011

hi .i`m a new student here & are wonderful teacher….and hot

Friday, February 11th 2011

nice job teacher!

Tuesday, February 15th 2011

I started to watch your videos last week, and I feel quite happy to have found you, my english is not good yet, but hopefully your lessons will be useful for me to improve my communications skills.
Love your entertaining teaching. I’m very pleased.
I’m looking foward to assist more and more lessons.
Thanks a lot xx

Tuesday, February 15th 2011

hi,James.I’m from Taiwan.
I watching your tutorial videos for few days,
and I like the style of your teaching!
You’re such a great teacher,so do others!
I want to improve my English speaking and listening skills.Your videos are useful!
I like it soooo much! Thanks for a lot!

Monday, February 21st 2011

This is better than any TV series !! :)
I`m waiting for more episodes :)

Sunday, February 27th 2011

you are great!!! thank you so much for your help.

Monday, February 28th 2011

it’s helful, thax u

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

you’re a great teacher, thanks so much.

Monday, April 4th 2011

James, you are funny. Sometimes.

Friday, April 15th 2011

Highly enjoyable lesson!
Keep going, James! ;)

Friday, May 6th 2011

Hi James, I love your videos but my cat doesn’t… She was used sleeping near my computer but because of all your sound effects, she’s now too scary to come closer… It seems that animals (cat, earthworm…) don’t appreciate your talent!

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

    Haha :D

    Monday, June 13th 2011

so nice teacher may i have u r face book ID My dear teacher.

Wednesday, June 29th 2011

dear teacher
Thank you because yor good explain.
I like learning english very well and speak so fast.Please help me.
Good luck to you.

Friday, August 5th 2011

hi my favourite teacher
i bealive that your lesson is so effective on my conversation,but the phrasal verb is freaking a lot
what im gonnA DO??????????

Sunday, August 14th 2011

could you imitate a spanish man talking in english? I would like to see myself on the distorting mirror.

Thursday, August 18th 2011

i love to learn english…thank you

Friday, August 26th 2011

now he’s one inventive teacher

Sunday, October 9th 2011

the lesson is very interesting. i can understand easilly

Monday, October 24th 2011

You are a great teacher
and I like your way to explain
thanks a lot :)

Sunday, November 6th 2011

James, how do u manage to be so funny all the time? Love ur lessons

Thursday, November 10th 2011

Thank you,your lesson is very useful.

Sunday, November 20th 2011

nice pie hole u got there james
lol only joking ur a great teacher and have helped me learn english better
I have watched all ur lessons including ur latest one
plz make more


Wednesday, December 21st 2011

very nice of you James. your lesson was great, but your speaking a little bit fast to be understood by us.
thanx a lot.

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

hi guys,
could anyone tell me what “ESL students” stands for, please?

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

u r great 111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
making english very easy
thank u

Saturday, February 4th 2012

thanks for the good lessons.

Sunday, March 25th 2012


Tuesday, May 29th 2012

It’s James EngVid
James sees what James needs
James breathes weed
Still,James don’t see anything
James buys drinks
James winks and James thinks
James teaching people like shiny rims!
hahahah) Bullshit)

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

NICE LESSON PLease evgvid thare are alot of frasal verbs we don’t understand them if you could help us by more lessons we don’t know how to thank you engvid

Monday, June 11th 2012

Hi mr James ,almost students think U talk too fast, extremely fast ,and a lot of body language noises,would U please slow down.thanks

Sunday, October 21st 2012

thanks mr.james for your leachrer

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

Thanks….James u r a great teacher…

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

Thanks you. James. it is very interesting to your class and I am happy to hear your speaking.

Thursday, August 1st 2013

Great lesson, James!
Thank you

Tuesday, October 1st 2013

Thanks, James!

Monday, October 7th 2013

james your so funny guy

Saturday, February 8th 2014

teacher you’re pretty crazy !!! ^_^

Thursday, April 17th 2014

Thanks James.I got 4 CORRECT OUT OF 4.That’s amazing :D

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

haha. an epic lesson there. a moment there you’ve shut down my life, hahaha. i was captivated all the things that youve done sir james. you really are crazy mr.james, well in a good way.. hahaha didnt know whats shut in means hahaha so i got 3/4, now i know. you never fail us mr. james. so i better shut my piehole now….:)

Friday, March 27th 2015

Thanks, James, for this great and well given lesson!

Wednesday, July 29th 2015

great lesson. Thank you.

Friday, October 2nd 2015

Thank you James, studying with you is so fun!))

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

you are so angry)))

Friday, October 7th 2016

i was bad in this lesson :(

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

Doubts with “shut up” and “shut out”. “Shut up” means don’t speak or stop talking, and “shut out” means don’t reach your goals of sport or don’t allow to do something. By the way, “shut down” means stop a process or computer and “shut off” stop the flow of electricity or water, but the context sometimes mayde confused for me like in the third question of the quiz. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid for your explanation.

Monday, December 12th 2016


Sunday, February 25th 2018

thanks for put the quiz.

Saturday, March 17th 2018

06.04.2018 pretty good

Friday, April 6th 2018

You got 3 correct out of 4

Monday, August 20th 2018

It was a great lesson
although i didn’t get the bonus quistion right :)

Monday, April 8th 2019

HI James! I have a question. I can’t really understand the difference between for example shut off turn off and switch off. Can you give me more informations about those differences?

Thank you for your lesson, it’s really usefull :D

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

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