The next word in our vocabulary boost series is CARRY. CARRY is a high frequency transitive verb that can be used as a synonym of move, transport, have (with you or as a quality), inform or take something. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using CARRY.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.




To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Carry a bag/suitcase/backpack/rucksack

Carry a memory

Carry a photo

Carry a wallet

Carry a gun/weapon

Carry a child

Carry weight

Carry an authority

Get carried away = be too enthusiastic

Carry forward with plans

Carry a stigma

Carry a burden

Carry a disease

Carry someone

Carry by the sea

Carry by the wind

Carry a scent

Carry luggage/baggage

Carry through pipes or wires

Carry blood

Carry oneself

Carry drugs

Carry water

Your legs can carry you


Carry a torch

Carry all before you

Carry too far

Carry on somehow

Carry on your shoulders

Carry the day

Carry on without someone/something

Carry the world before you

Carry a grudge

Carry in mind

Carry the cost


Phrasal verbs:

They learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Carry off = succeed in

I can´t believe Aston Villa have carried off the treble

Carry on = continue

I would love to carry on studying languages after I get the C1

Carry out = realize something

You should all carry out your projects in a team

Carry along = be attracted by

The runner was carried along by the support of the crowd

Carry forward = to being towards the front

Getting good grades should carry you forward in your career

Carry down = inherit or bring down

The tradition of living a healthy life has been carried down the generations

Carry over = to postpone or delay

The meeting shall have to be carried over until next week

Carry through = to help or encourage

The prospect of a good job carried him through his training



To learn how to use stay you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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  • Gema

    Really useful, as usually. Thanks!

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