#91 – TO MOVE ON

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Hello, you’re listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. This is Luke Thompson and here is phrasal verb number 91 and this one is ‘to move on’. In the last episode I introduced you to the phrase ‘move along’. I say ‘introduced it to you’. You may’ve heard it before to be fair. Anyway, we looked at the phrase ‘move along’, this time we’re going to look at ‘move on’ which is actually more common and has more uses and we’re going to deal with six different meanings, different uses of the phrase ‘move on’, okay?

So, one thing is just to leave a place and travel to another, okay?

– So, yeah, we’re going to stay here for a few days and then just move on

okay? So, we stayed in one place and then moved on. The opposite of that is ‘to stay put’.

– Well, we like it so much here, we think we’re just going to stay put for a few days

meaning ‘we’re going to stay here for a while’ and

– Well, we’re not so keen on these areas so I think we’re probably just going to stay one night and then move on

okay. So, that means to leave one place and go to another place.

The next one, this is number two, is to stop discussing or doing something and begin discussing or doing something else, typically used in a meeting for example, so you might say:

– I think we’re spending a bit too much time on this subject, maybe it’s worth moving on?

Or you might say:

– Right, OK, that’s… I’m glad we’ve made the decision there. Let’s move on.

So, moving on to the next item on the agenda, for example, just meaning moving to a different subject. It’s very common in that sort of meeting scenario, okay? So, I think we’ve talked about that point enough. Let’s move on to definition number three. Okay.

And this means to change your ideas and attitudes in a way that you think is better, okay? So, it refers to the idea of progress in society or maybe personal progress. For example you might say:

– Haven’t we spent enough time discussing and looking at photographs of certain celebrities in the media these days? I think it’s time we just all moved on collectively as a species and started to think about more important things, don’t you think?

– You know, I think, really, like the media has been going on about this for too long. I think it’s time that we just moved on.


– So, we like to think that we’ve moved on as a society since the day of racial segregation

for example. But in fact in some places we haven’t moved on at all because there’s still the same level of racism that you might find, okay? So, to make progress in society or to change your ideas or attitudes, you know, like, for example friend of your’s broken up with this girlfriend and he’s devastated and he say:

– Look, I really think you need to just, you know, make a brand new start and just move on, okay? Forget about her. Just move on. Have a fresh new start. Everything’s going to be fine.


Number four is to start to continue your life… start to continue with your life after you’ve dealt successfully with the bad experience. Okay. So, that relates to the last example I gave you of someone after they’ve broken up with their girlfriend just decide to move on in life. But typically you’ve had a bad experience and you’ve got over it and then you move on.

– It’s been a nightmare but now I just want to forget about all of that and move on


So, moving on to the fifth definition out of six – we have to leave a place when someone in authority tells you to do it – which is very similar to ‘move along’. In the last episode I gave an example of a police officer moving people along.

– Move along, please. Move along. There’s nothing to see here.
For example if there’s a fire in a fireworks factory and all the fireworks are exploding everywhere the police officer might come to you and say – Move along. There’s nothing to see here – which is obviously a hilarious joke which I stole from the film ‘The Naked Gun’ just in case you were wondering. Anyway. So, number five – to leave a place when someone in authority tells you to do it. For example:

– Move on, please. Can you just move on. There’s nothing to see here.

In ‘Star Wars’ there’s a scene where Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker and the two droids are trying to enter Mos Eisley and they get stopped by a couple of Imperial stormtroopers. Now, if you’re not a Star Wars fan none of this will make sense to you but if you are a Star Wars fan, maybe this is going to be suddenly a very vibrant image for you and it’s going to help you remember. So, in that scene they come through and the stormtroopers stop them, and Obi-Wan Kenobi uses the force, the Jedi mind trick to, you know, control the minds of the stormtroopers and they’re saying, you know, he’s saying things like:
– You don’t need to see his identification
and the droids (stormtroopers) go
– We don’t need to see his identification
– These aren’t the droids you’re looking for
– These aren’t the droids we’re looking for
– He can go about his business
– You can go about your business
– Move along
– Move along. Move along
So, if you’ve seen ‘the Star Wars’ film, like, as many times as I have which is hundreds of times to be honest because I’m a complete Star Wars geek then that scene might stay in your memory. Anyway, ‘to move on’ or ‘to move along’ could be a policeman, could be an Imperial stormtrooper.

Next we have number six and this is the final definition of ‘move on’, which as you can see is a very commonly occurring phrase, and this means ‘to progress’ or ‘to develop’ or ‘to make something progress or develop’, which again is similar to the expression ‘move along’.

– Things have moved on a lot since my father was a child

for example.

– We try hard to move everything on in the face of strong opposition.

‘Try and move things on’ so, you might say:

– It seems that the government don’t want us to do this but we’re going to try and move on anyway.
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Alright then. That’s it for this episode. Speak to you again soon, but for now – goodbye.