Ok, this guy’s knocked out some teeth here:
Danny Granger, American professional basketball player for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, famously knocked out his two front teeth in a victorious game against the Boston Celtics on 1 November 2008. You can say both of these:
- He knocked out two teeth.
- He knocked two teeth out.
But you can only say one of these:
- He knocked out them.
- He knocked them out.
Compare: “knock out” is a phrasal verb like:
put away (aufräumen), bring up (=mention), try out, give up, call up, rip off (=steal), think over, boss around (herumkomandieren), make up (=invent)
They all use the structure of “knock it out.”
There are lots of lists and exercises here. Try them out!
Contrast regular two part verbs:
fall for, bump into, get over, look at, go up, fall down…
Look at them!
He knocked out two teeth.
He knocked two teeth out.
He knocked them out.
He knocked out them.
“Knock out” is a phrasal verb.
This is the pattern:
(not put away it)
put it away – put away the toys & put the toys away
bring it up – bring up a problem & bring a problem up
try it out – try out a new way & try a new way out
give it up – give up smoking & give smoking up
call him up – call up a friend & call a friend up
rip her off – rip off a client & rip a client off
think it over – think over a suggestion & think a suggestion over
boss them around – boss your husband around & boss around your husband
make it up – make up a good story & make a good story up
Contrast regular verbs:
(not fall it for)
fall for it – fall for a story (drauf reinfallen)
bump into it – bump into a friend (begegnen)
get over it – get over a loss (überstehen)
look at it – look at pictures (anschauen)
go up it – go up a hill (hochgehen)
fall down it – fall down the stairs (runterfallen)
I hope that you are fine and healthy. Thank you very much for your
beautiful comments in my blog.
I think after seeing the picture of that player no one will have
the ability or the desire to say anything…..hehe
all the best for my lovely sister.
Interesting: Asking the question like this was almost too easy!
* He knocked them out. (89%, 8 votes)
* He knocked out them. (11%, 1 vote)
Phrasal verbs are considered difficult. But they’re not really. In class I like to have them on cards and play with them, e.g. find a matching partner that means almost the same thing.