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Hello, you’re listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. This is Luke Thompson. This is phrasal verb number 90 and this one is ‘to move along’, ‘move along’ and we’re going to look at two different meanings of this phrase or two different uses of this phrase.

First one is when someone in authority tells you to leave, okay? It’s usually the police, for example. If you’re hanging around in a place, maybe there’s been an accident and you, sort of, hanging around and having a look or there’s been some kind of incident and you’re still there trying to see, you know, rubbernecking as they say, that means kind of like bend, you know, trying to see maybe bending your neck round to be able to see, rubbernecking, and the police arrive and they say – Move along please. Move along. There’s nothing to see here – So, the police were telling us to move along, for example.

A uniformed police officer moved people along

meaning tell them to go away. So,

– Move along, please. Move along. There’s nothing to see. Nothing to see here. Move along.


The other one, the other meaning of this means to make progress or to develop or to make something progress or to make something develop, okay? For example:

The trial continues to move along

okay. Or it could be something like:

– We’ve been working for last eighteen months developing this English speaking robot. Things are moving along pretty steadily at the moment. Over the last six weeks we’ve been steadily feeding a number phrasal verbs into the memory banks of the robot. He’s been listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a day’ by Luke Thompson which has proved to be very successful indeed so, things are moving along rather well.

Okay? There you go.
– Move along, please. Nothing to see here.


Things are moving along quite well.

Alright. That’s it. Now, I will deal with ‘move on’ which is quite similar and yet more commonly used. I’ll deal with ‘move on’ probably in the next episode of ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. That’s it for this one. Speak to you again soon. For now it’s time to say ‘goodbye’? And that’s what I’m going to do now when I actually say ‘goodbye’ and when I do that I’ll use the word ‘goodbye’ and it’s going to come out of my mouth, it’s going to sound a little bit like this ‘goodbye’. Get ready for that. Here we go. Thanks everyone for listening. Goodbye.

  • riddle

    It’s so common for people to rubberneck whenever an accident occurs. I think it stems from our inner curiosity. But what was this podcast about? Aahh, I know, about moving along. I’m moving along with my English. Is it correct? I was told by a uniformed police officer to move along. Actually, it was an imperative. It was an order although I wasn’t his subordinate. I guess he’s entitled to give me orders. If I were a police officer, I would tell every man and woman to move along. Bright idea, huh? I would get a nickname – move-along officer. I cannot stand my rambling anymore. I’m babbling all day long. How can I be so overzealous.

  • Andrzej

    Hi Luke,

    Earlier on today I watched Monty Python Flying Circus and noticed that the sketch ‘The Smuggler’ could be a great addition to this episode because the phrasal verb ‘to move along’ appears in this sketch a few times in a way that’s easy to memorize.

    Here’s the link to the sketch:

    and here’s the transcript:

    • I love Michael Palin’s performance in that sketch!

      • Andrzej

        Ha, ha! Who doesn’t? :)