#20 – TO END UP

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+ – ing
= to find yourself in a situation or position as the result of doing other things. You don’t set out to be in that situation, it just happens as a consequence of other things.
“I went to Vegas for fun and I went to a casino. I ended up losing everything”
“The Beatles started out as a hard working rock & roll band. They ended up becoming one of the most influential groups of all time”

Hello, ladies and gents.

This is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast. This year I’m teaching you loads of phrasal verbs.

Today’s phrasal verb is TO END UP



…and that’s followed by + ING verb form. TO END UP + doing something.

This means that you…, you find yourself in a particular place or situation after doing something else or as a result of doing a number of things. It’s just a final situation that you find yourself in at the end of a series of events.

Now, you don’t necessarily plan to get into that situation or to be doing that thing. It’s just what happens as a consequence of other things you’ve done.

Alright? So, for example, you know, people say to me:

– “Why did you…”, em, you know.

– “What brought you to Paris? Why did you decide to become an university teacher in Paris?”

and I’d say:

– “Well, I never really knew what I wanted to do. I just sort of became an English teacher years ago, because I wanted to travel and to work, and I taught in lots of different places, and I just ENDED UP living in Paris, which is pretty amazing. I never really expected it.”


…or you can talk about a night out you had. So…

– “What happened to you last night? You didn’t come home!”

– “Yeah. I went out for just, you know, a couple of drinks with a friend. We ENDED UP going to a club, and then… Well, I just… I don’t know. I don’t really remember. I just ENDED UP back into someone’s flat, and I slept on the floor. It was a crazy night”


– “I went to Vegas, just for a holiday, weekend, and I went to a casino just to do a little bit a gambling. I ENDED UP losing all my money including my house, and now I’ve got nothing.”

Don’t go to Vegas! Okay? It’s just a random example.

The Beatles. Alright?

Now, the Beatles were just an ordinary band, a rock’n’roll band from Liverpool. When they started out they just intended to be a really great rock’n’roll band. They wanted to be as popular as possible, and so, they worked hard, and they released some really good songs. They just wanted to be successful. They ENDED UP becoming one of the most famous and influential group of musicians we’ve ever had. They just ENDED UP becoming world famous.


So, there you go. That’s your phrasal verb of the day.

I’ll speak to you tomorrow, but for now it’s goodbye.

Bye bye bye bye.