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Type: Phrasal Verbs
Originally published on February 17, 2023 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Practicing conversation with questions that use the phrasal verb “add to” can help ESL learners expand their vocabulary and improve their understanding and speaking level, as it allows them to practice using the verb in context and learn new ways to express themselves.

Review the meaning of the phrasal verb with your students first to make sure they understand how to use it correctly, and then go through the different conversation questions. Ask them to try and include the phrasal verb naturally in their answers.

Meaning and Examples

The phrasal verb “add to” means to increase or augment something. Here are some examples of how it can be used:

“Can you add some more sugar to my coffee?”.
“The company is looking to add new features to their product line”.
“The recent discovery has added to our understanding of the ancient civilization”.

In each of these examples, the verb “add” is being used with the preposition “to” to indicate that something is being increased.

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some ways you can add value to a team or project?
  • Can you think of any hobbies or activities that add joy to your life?
  • In what ways do different cultures add to the diversity of your country?
  • What are some ways to add to your self-care routine?
  • How can you add to your wardrobe without spending too much money?
  • Can you think of any small acts of kindness that can add to someone's day?
  • How do different perspectives add to the richness of a conversation or debate?
  • In what ways do travel and exploration add to your personal growth and development?
  • How can art and creativity add to our lives?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.