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P17 Cut

Purple Level

Lesson Seventeen


cut / cut / cut / cutting

The verb "cut" is used when something is made smaller with scissors or when someone is hurt by something sharp. It can also mean to stop, reduce, or eliminate something.


1. Use the scissors to cut the thread.

2. The coach told his players that if they missed too many games, they would be cut from the team.

3. He has to be very careful not to cut himself while shaving.

4. Pamela had to cut short her conversation because someone was waiting to use the phone.

(cut short = you stop doing something before you are really ready to stop. This is an idiom.)

5. Cut the cantaloupe in half, and then cut it up into smaller pieces.

(cut it up / cut them up = make small pieces by cutting.)

6. When the pillow fight got too noisy, Susan’s father told them to cut it out.

"Cut it out! You’re making too much noise!"

(cut it out = as an idiom, this means to stop doing something–usually used when angry or irritated)

7. Taking the train every morning to work cuts my commuting time by about 15 minutes compared to driving.

8. She’s getting her hair dyed and cut.

Where do you get your hair cut?

(Because someone usually does the work for you, "cut" is often in the passive voice with get or the causative form: I had my hair cut yesterday.)


present tense: cut / cuts
past tense: cut
future: will cut
present continuous: am / is / are / cutting
past continuous: was / were cutting
future continuous: will be cutting
present perfect: has / have cut
past perfect: had cut
future perfect: will have cut
present perfect continuous: has / have been cutting
past perfect continuous: had been cutting
future perfect continuous: will have been cutting
modal verbs: ______ cut
past tense modal: ______ have cut
infinitive: to cut
gerund: cutting
passive: yes
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