Hello, my name is Luke Thompson. You’re listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. Here is your phrasal verb for today. I’ve just realised that maybe you listen to more than one episode in a day in which case you’re getting like three for the price of one even though it’s a free podcast. Anyway, the phrasal verb in this particular episode, which is number 83 is ‘to match up’, ‘match up’ and really ‘match up’ means pretty much the same thing as ‘match’ meaning that two things are the same or almost same. For example:

The data doesn’t MATCH UP

meaning the data isn’t the same. You could say for example:

– Jonathan, I’ve been looking at your sales figures and I’m just looking at the totals. They don’t MATCH UP. I don’t think you’ve been doing your accounting very well because these figures just don’t MATCH UP. I think you’ve got some explaining to do.

Okay, for example. So, that means that the information or the things are exactly the same.

So, it also means finding the right combination with something else or with someone else, okay? For example, let’s see, ‘to match people up’, when you go speed dating for example you try and MATCH yourself UP with a partner very quickly. You try and find the right partner for you. You’re looking for someone TO MATCH yourself UP with meaning to, kind of, find someone, to combine with someone or something else. Okay.

So, there we had ‘the information doesn’t really MATCH UP’.

This information doesn’t MATCH UP with this information

for example.

And also we had ‘to match up a man and a woman’ or ‘to match up to halves of a sentence’ you could say. Often when we’re doing exercises in an English course book you have TO MATCH UP, you know, one half of the sentence with the other half and really ‘match up’ means the same as ‘match’, doesn’t it?

You could say all of these examples just with the word ‘match’, for example:

– Jonathan, I’ve been looking at your accounts here and I’m afraid that figures just don’t match


– I’m afraid that figures just don’t MATCH UP

Why do we say ‘match up’? Why don’t we just say ‘match’. Well, that’s a very big question. The fact is that in English often we like to add a little preposition in there or a particle, adverb or whatever. It just makes it slightly more informal, slightly more relaxed sound to it if it’s a phrasal verb, yeah? Okay.

That’s the end of this particular little episode but there’ll be another one available to you very soon but for now – goodbye.

  • riddle

    My friend went last night speed dating. He matched up with another woman involved in this crazy poject. Honey, the money you earn, and they money you have on your bank account don’t match up! What has happened to the rest?! I reckon I should match up with a more reasonable woman. You just spend all our money on non-essentials. What am I supposed to do? My emotions are all mixed up. I’ve got to map out a new matrimonial life plan. I cannot keep it up any longer. I’m done! I’m going out for a paint. I must find a catalyst for my mixed emotions.

  • Andrzej

    Luke, do you know that the number of transcripts written and the number of transcripts published don’t match up? :) Don’t take it too seriously. I’m just struggling to move this phrasal verb to my active vocabulary. ps. I hope you’ve noticed that nothing about Jeff this time.

    • Haha, very good ;) I’m getting rounnd to it i promise :)