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= when a group of people move close to one person, so they are surrounding him/her in order to listen to them say something.
“Gather round everybody, I want to tell you something”
“It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain of the ship said to his crew ‘gather round lads, and I’ll tell you a story…’ and so he began: ‘It was a dark and stormy night…”
Hello, it’s Luke here.
…and today’s phrasal verb is TO GATHER ROUND or TO GATHER AROUND.
and if a group of people GATHER AROUND it means they all move so they’re closer to one person. In fact, they stand or sit or around surrounding one person.
Imagine one person in the middle of the other people standing around him or sitting around in a circle. Maybe because they want to listen to that person tell a story.
So you might say:
– “That’s it everyone. GATHER ROUND! GATHER ROUND. GATHER ROUND nice and close.
I want to tell you a story.
That’s good, nice and close.
Good. Now, you’ve GATHERED ROUND I can start.
So, it was dark and stormy night, and the captain of a ship said to his crew”
– “GATHER ROUND lads. I’m going to tell you a story”
– “and so he began.”
– “It was a hot summer evening in the jungle and a leader of the Safari said to his team”
– “GATHER ROUND everybody. I’m going to tell you a story.”
– “…and so he began.”
– “It was a cold November morning at the language school and the teacher arrived at the classroom and he said”
– “GATHER ROUND everybody. GATHER ROUND, I’m going to tell you a story.”
– “…and so he began”
– “It was a dark and cold January evening, and Luke from Luke’s English Podcast said to his listeners”
– “GATHER ROUND everybody. GATHER ROUND.”
I know that you can’t, because this is the Internet, but just imagine.
– “GATHER ROUND. GATHER ROUND. I want to teach you a phrasal verb”
– “…and so he began.”
– “It was a dark and stormy January afternoon, and the man said to some other people”
– “GATHER ROUND everybody, because I’m going to tell you a story”
– “and so he began”
I could keep going on forever with this, but I think you understand the expression TO GATHER ROUND or TO GATHER AROUND.
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