O “Pedro” Quase Acabou Com O Nosso Projeto [Phrasal Verb: Peter Out]

O “Pedro” Quase Acabou Com O Nosso Projeto [Phrasal Verb: Peter Out]

Several of you thought our phrasal verb series had petered out; but it hasn’t. We just took a small hiatus, but we’re back. Tim will tell you about it in the video today (and he'll also teach you how to use the phrasal verb peter out).

Vários acharam que a nossa série de phrasal verbs havia petered out; mas isso não aconteceu. Somente tiramos um pequeno hiatos, mas estamos de volta. Tim falará sobre isso no vídeo de hoje (e também lhe ensinará como usar o verbo fraseal "peter out".

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FILL IN THE BLANKS (then see script with explanations below).

Hi. It’s Tim from www.domineingles.com.br . I’m __________ in my hands here the latest story of our Phrasal Verb Series.

Now you’ve followed our friends on several adventures. They’ve already ________ to the moon. They’ve ________ to Loch Ness in Scotland. They’ve ________ to Wonderland. Lots of different places. But this time, our gang is going to visit the North Pole and meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; do you know who he is?

Now don’t you think for one second that these stories are for children, because they’re not. It’s very _______________ English. And in each of these stories we focus on phrasal verbs that begin with a __________ letter. In this story, for example, we’re focusing on phrasal verbs with the letter P. So there will be a __________ of phrasal verbs that begin with the letter P in this story. I haven’t counted them yet, but I’ll tell you how many later on.

Now many of you had written us, and although you didn’t use these specific words, you thought our phrasal verb stories had __________ out. But it hasn’t. We just took a small __________ , but we’re back. And now we plan to work hard on this series until we finish with the last letter of the alphabet, the letter Z.

So what does the phrasal verb “peter out” mean? I thought I’d teach you today, __________ it’s not in our story with the letter P.

“Peter out” means to slowly and gradually ______________ until it finally stops. For example, I can say that our enthusiasm for something petered out. I hope your _______________ for English this year doesn’t peter out.

Not too long ago, it was raining hard here; but the rain petered out, meaning it gradually __________ down and stopped.

Another thing I noticed that petered out was the protests here in Brazil. Last year, there was a lot of enthusiasm - people were going out in the streets, __________________ about the government. But these protests against the government seem to have petered out.

Now where does the verb “peter” in the verb “peter out” come from? I have no idea. I read a little bit about it; It seems like it came from the _____________ community years ago, but people aren't __________ exactly why they use the verb “peter”. Why they formed this verb “peter”.

So I just wanted you to know that our Phrasal Verb Series has not ______________ out. Here’s our next story. I’ll be _____________ you about it soon. And I hope your plans and your projects haven’t petered out.
Has your enthusiasm for something petered out? Or do you have any plans that petered out? Let’s talk about it on our site. I’ll see you there. Bye bye.


SCRIPT WITH TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

Hi. It’s Tim from www.domineingles.com.br . I’m holding in my hands here the latest story of our Phrasal Verb Series.

  • I'm holding in my hands = estou segurando em minhas mãos
  • the latest story = a história mais recente

Now you’ve followed our friends on several adventures. They’ve already been to the moon. They’ve been to Loch Ness in Scotland. They’ve been to Wonderland. Lots of different places. But this time, our gang is going to visit the North Pole and meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; do you know who he is?

  • you've followed our friends = você tem seguido os nossos amigos
  • on several adventures = em várias aventuras
  • they've already been on the moon = já estiveram na lua
  • they've been to = eles já estiveram na/foram para a
  • lots of = muitos
  • this time = desta vez
  • our gang = nossa turma
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer = Rodolfo a Rena do Nariz Vermelho
  • do you know who he is? = você o conhece?

Now don’t you think for one second that these stories are for children, because they’re not. It’s very advanced English. And in each of these stories we focus on phrasal verbs that begin with a certain letter. In this story, for example, we’re focusing on phrasal verbs with the letter P. So there will be a bunch of phrasal verbs that begin with the letter P in this story. I haven’t counted them yet, but I’ll tell you how many later on.

  • don't think for one second = não pense por um segundo
  • they're not = não são
  • there will be = haverá
  • a bunch of phrasal verbs = muitos phrasal verbs
  • I haven't counted them yet = não os contei ainda
  • I'll tell you how many later = eu te conto quantos depois

Now many of you had written us, and although you didn’t use these specific words, you thought our phrasal verb stories had petered out. But it hasn’t. We just took a small hiatus, but we’re back. And now we plan to work hard on this series until we finish with the last letter of the alphabet, the letter Z.

  • many of you had written us = muitos de vocês tinham escrito para nós
  • although you didn't use these specific words = apesar de você não usar estas palavras específicas
  • you thought our phrasal verb stories had petered out, but it hasn't = você achou que as nossas histórias com phrasal verbs tinham terminado, mas não terminou (ver significado de "peter out" abaixo)
  • we took a hiatus = demos um hiato
  • we plan to = pretendemos
  • work hard = trabalhar bastante
  • until we finish = até terminarmos

So what does the phrasal verb “peter out” mean? I thought I’d teach you today, since it’s not in our story with the letter P.

  • I thought I'd teach you today = pensei em ensinar para você hoje [literalmente, "eu pensei que ensinaria para você hoje"]
O que significa o phrasal verb ‘peter out’ Como dizer “peter out” em português. Como se diz “peter out" em português? Qual é a tradução de " peter out"? What does " peter out" mean? What is the meaning of " peter out"?

    • peter out = gradualmente perder a força/intensidade até desaparecer/extinguir/acabar/exaurir (OU) terminar de uma maneira fraca

“Peter out” means to slowly and gradually diminish until it finally stops. For example, I can say that our enthusiasm for something petered out. I hope your enthusiasm for English this year doesn’t peter out.

Not too long ago, it was raining hard here; but the rain petered out, meaning it gradually slowed down and stopped.

  • not too long ago = não muito tempo atrás
  • it was raining hard = estava chovendo muito
  • the rain petered out = a chuva aos poucos perdeu a força e parou
  • slowed down = ir mais devagar; perder a força

Another thing I noticed that petered out was the protests here in Brazil. Last year, there was a lot of enthusiasm - people were going out in the streets, complaining about the government. But these protests against the government seem to have petered out.

  • there was a lot of enthusiasm = havia muito entusiasmo
  • people were going out in the streets = pessoas estavam saindo às ruas
  • complaining = reclamando
  • seem to have = parecem ter
  • These protests against the government petered out. = Estes protestos contra o governo perderam a força.

Now where does the verb “peter” in the verb “peter out” come from? I have no idea. I read a little bit about it; It seems like it came from the mining community years ago, but people aren't sure exactly why they use the verb “peter”. Why they formed this verb “peter”.

  • where did the verb "peter" come from? = de onde veio o verbo "peter"?
  • I have no idea. = Eu não faço idéia.
  • I read a little about it = eu lí um pouco a respeito disso
  • It seems like it came from the mining community = parece que veio da comunidade de mineradores
  • people aren't sure exactly why = pessoas não tem certeza exatamente porque

So I just wanted you to know that our Phrasal Verb Series has not petered out. Here’s our next story. I’ll be telling you about it soon. And I hope your plans and your projects haven’t petered out.

  • I just wanted you to know = só queria que você soubesse
  • Our Phrasal Verb Series has not petered out. = A nossa Série de Phrasal Verbs não acabou.
  • here's our next story = aqui está a nossa próxima história
  • I'll be telling you about it soon = vou lhe falar sobre ela logo (I'll be telling you = estarei lhe falando - Gerundismo é comum em inglês.)

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Has your enthusiasm for something petered out? Or do you have any plans that petered out? Let’s talk about it on our site. I’ll see you there. Bye bye.

  • has your enthusiasm petered out? = seu entusiasmo se esgotou/acabou/definhou?
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22 comments “O “Pedro” Quase Acabou Com O Nosso Projeto [Phrasal Verb: Peter Out]”

My enthusiasm for studying English will never peter out.
Congrats,Tim and Tammy.

Great to hear that, Amanda! Thank your for the comment!

Thank you for the lesson!!! Congratulation!

Thank you, Bruno.

“I’ll be telling you about it soo”.

Tim, você concluiu mencionando que o “gerundismo” é comum em Inglês.
Tenho enfrantando um pouco de dificuldade com relação a isso.
Não sei se é o caso de você querer se aprofundar aqui mas, como bom curioso, porque o uso do “ing” após o will be?
Onde posso encontrar referências com relação a isso?
Obrigado pela dica!!
Saudações.

Hello, Joilson. O tempo verbal é “future continuous”/”future progressive”. Veja as explicações a seguir:
LINK ==> http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/futurecontinuous.html
LINK ==> http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/future_pro.htm
LINK ==> http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/tenses/future_progressive.htm
Obrigado pela pergunta. Um abraço.

Olá Tim!

Eu conhecia no meu trabalho o phrasal verb “fade out” que parece ter um significado parecido, né?

Abraços,

Thank you for your question. They are similar, but not the same. “Peter out” gives the idea of something that “fades out” due to lack of energy, interest, etc.

my enthusiasm will never peter out I love learned English , thanks a lot.

Good for you, Ray! Keep up the good work! Thank you for participating here.

Hello Tim and Tammy.
With teacher like you, my enthuasiam about english will never peter out.

It’s great to hear that, Leomar! Thank you for participating here!

Hi Tim!

Actually I thought phrasal verbs had to peter out, but for my lucky they are back.
At the same time my English enthusiasm is still going.
Tks

That’s great, Vera! Glad to hear that your enthusiasm for learning hasn’t waned! We won’t let the project peter down; don’t worry!

I also can say that my enthusiasm for studing english will never peter out. I love to study this language. Thanks a lot for the lesson, you are realy doing a very good job by sendind these important lessons.

It’s great to hear that, my dear friend Nilton! And thank you for your kind words!

The meaning of peter out exactly could be, in portuguese “desanimar?”
If not, how can I say “desanimar?” 

Thanks

A project can “peter out” because we got discouraged (desanimamos); but the two terms are not synonyms.

Dear Tim, is this phrasal verb like that other one I know “fade away”?? Do they have the same meaning?? 🙂

Hello, Patricia. Thank you for your question. They are similar, but not the same. “Peter out” gives the idea of something that “fades away” due to lack of energy, interest, etc.

I go to head, never petered out!

Good for you!


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