The word "away" is used as an adjective or as an adverb. It generally means that a thing or a person is not here or not in a particular location.

(be) + away

  • He’s away from his desk.
  • She’s not here. She’s away.
  • I’ll be away for a few days.
  • They’ve been away since last week.


The word "away" is also useful when talking about movement from one place to another. The following examples are verb phrases. A verb goes before the word "away."

carry away, cut away, do away with, drive away, fly away, get away, give away, go away, jump away, melt away, move away, put away, run away, throw away, walk away, waste away

  • The river carried the boat away.
  • The camera cut away to another location.
  • We need to do away with corruption in government.
  • The thieves drove away with a stolen car.
  • Geese fly away from here in the winter.
  • Tom and Janice tried to get away from work early.
  • We have a lot of stuff we need to give away.
  • Let’s go away somewhere!
  • The man jumped away from the train as it approached.
  • Snow melts away quickly in the sun.
  • Our neighbors moved away.
  • Put away your books and notebooks.
  • The young boy ran away from home and never returned.
  • Please throw this trash away.
  • Instead of getting into a fight, Bill just walked away from the person who was bothering him.
  • Time is wasting away.

driving away

He got into his car and drove away.

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October 1, 2019