Today’s English Lesson is about a Phrase that can be used as both a Phrasal-Adjectival & a Phrasal-Verb. When it is used as a Phrasal-Adjective — it is used to describe the poor physical condition of some person or thing. When it is used as a Phrasal-Verb — it is used to describe the act of putting someone or something into poor physical condition.
So when two people get into a physical fight with the intent of actually hurting each other — usually (unless they are somehow stopped), the loser – (or both of them) – will usually end-up getting: “Beat Up” — (or, to be more Grammatically Proper “Beaten Up”). This simply means: to have been “Beaten” to the point of being significantly damaged.
So, to describe someone or something as being: “Beat Up” — simply means that he, she, or it is in “Bad”/”Poor”/or “Less-Than-Optimal” condition — and thus, is in desperate need of “Help” or “Repair”.
(and now, back to the lesson)
The first three examples above are using the Phrasal-Adjective form — used to speak about the condition of the people/things. The last two examples are in the Phrasal-Verb form — used to describe the act of doing the “Beating”. 😎
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