The next word in our vocabulary boost series is HANG. HANG is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of wait, hold, spend or place. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using HANG.


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)

Hang the washing

Hang in there – be patient

Hang on a decision – depend on a decision

Hang with your friends – spend time with

Be hung for a crime – be executed

Hang your head in shame – feel ashamed

Get the hang of something – learn how to do something

Hang a left – turn left (USA)


Phrasal verbs:

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

Hang on – wait

Can you hang on a minute?

Hang up – put down the phone

After we finished the conversation, I hung up

Hang out – spend time with

I really enjoy hanging out with friends

Hang around – to wait for a long time

I wouldn´t like to hang around for ages

Hang on to – hold on to

If you have a bit of spare cash, it is a good idea to hang on to it

Hang back from – restrain from doing something

You ought to hang back from criticizing your workmates in public




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

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