English version

work up to something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwork up to something phrasal verbPREPAREto gradually prepare yourself to do something difficultwork up to doing something He’d been working up to asking her for a date all week. work→ See Verb table
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work up to The dieter would start with a fast, then work up to 1,200 calories a day.You can gradually work up to holding points longer, but do not hold any one point longer than ten minutes.Try for three sets of eight, or work up to it.work up to doing somethingA few of these devices should be exploded every year to test whether the refurbishing is working up to snuff.But he would, if they refused to work up to their potential.One retired schoolteacher I know was working up to the age of 70 as a volunteer guide in a local museum.The dieter would start with a fast, then work up to 1,200 calories a day.Try for three sets of eight, or work up to it.You can gradually work up to holding points longer, but do not hold any one point longer than ten minutes.
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Verb table
work
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theywork
he, she, itworks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyworked
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave worked
he, she, ithas worked
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad worked
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill work
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have worked
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam working
he, she, itis working
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you, we, theyare working
Past
I, he, she, itwas working
you, we, theywere working
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been working
he, she, ithas been working
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been working
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be working
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been working
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