English version

build up to something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbuild up to something phrasal verbINTRODUCEto prepare for a particular moment or event I could tell she was building up to some kind of announcement. build→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
build up to Gradually, he built up to a mile a day, roughly five days a week.Magona has a surer touch when narrating the sweep of history that builds up to create inevitable results.If this was not filtered out of the cabin supply then the CO2 would slowly build up to dangerous proportions.The surface could be built up to some extent by the application of thick and successive layers.It had built up to such a level that truth was hidden pretty deep.
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Verb table
build
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theybuild
he, she, itbuilds
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theybuilt
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave built
he, she, ithas built
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad built
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill build
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have built
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam building
he, she, itis building
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you, we, theyare building
Past
I, he, she, itwas building
you, we, theywere building
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been building
he, she, ithas been building
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been building
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be building
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been building
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