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  • Hey guys. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on: "Dress up" or:

  • "Get dressed?" So these are two very common expressions that we use regularly in English

  • to talk about putting on clothes. However, there is a slight difference in the usage,

  • and we're going to look at that today. So let's look at the top three sentences on the

  • board, and see if you can tell me which expression I should use to complete them.

  • So the first one says: "It's your mom's 50th birthday! You should

  • __________." The second one says:

  • "The bus leaves in 5 minutes! __________!" "Do you __________ for Halloween?"

  • Okay, if you're screaming and saying: "Wait, this one should be: 'get dressed' and this

  • one should be: 'dress up'", ask yourself: why are you saying that? So first, before

  • we actually do the answers, let's do the definitions. So when you "dress up" for something - over

  • here, we'll put it in the middle -, you basically dress formally. So if you're going to a wedding

  • you have to dress up, if you go to a nice restaurant you have to dress up or you can

  • put on a costume of some kind. So those of you who maybe are comic book readers and if

  • you have been to a comic book convention, people dress up at comic book conventions.

  • Now, the other one: "get dressed" is much more general. It just means to put on clothes

  • in a general way. So every morning, you know, you get dressed. If you're going out somewhere,

  • you have to get dressed; just put on clothes. Okay? So now that we know this, let's look

  • at the top three sentences and do them one more time.

  • So: "It's your mom's 50th birthday! You should

  • get dressed" or: "dress up", what do you think? Well, your mom's 50th birthday is a special

  • occasion, so I'm giving you the advice that you should probably dress up. Okay? Wear nicer

  • clothes. It's her 50th, you're going to a nice restaurant. Okay?

  • The second one: "The bus leaves in 5 minutes!"

  • So you're going to school or you're going to work and you just woke up, and you're still

  • not ready; you're in your pajamas so you have to get dressed. So this could be a mom yelling

  • at her son or daughter, or a dad I suppose as well.

  • And finally: "Do you __________ for Halloween?"

  • Again, Halloween is a holiday where you... Well, not really a holiday; people have to

  • work. But it's a fun day in October where people wear costumes. So: "Do you dress up

  • for Halloween?" Okay? Now, again, we wouldn't say: "Do you get dressed for Halloween?" That

  • just means like: do you wear clothes at all or do you go naked for Halloween? So two very

  • different meanings. Right? Okay, so now that we... I think we have the

  • basic meaning of these two expressions, let's look at three more to perfect it.

  • First: "There's a dress code."

  • So imagine, you're going to a restaurant and some restaurants have dress codes; you're

  • not allowed to just go in jeans and a t-shirt. You have to wear either a suit or nice pants

  • or a belt. So: "There's a dress code. You have to dress up." Okay.

  • Today zombies are very popular, at least at the time of this video. Maybe 10 years from

  • now when you're looking at this maybe - I don't know, what could be popular? - police

  • officers? I have no idea. So imagine there is a costume party and it's a zombie-themed

  • party; the theme is zombies. So: "Everyone is", everyone is doing what? "Everyone

  • is dressing up." Everyone is going to dress up. So you can say: "Everyone is going to

  • dress up." Or: "Everyone is dressing up for the party." They're putting on zombie costumes,

  • zombie makeup. Finally:

  • "In the morning, I __________ after I brush my teeth."

  • So after you brush your teeth, generally you put on clothes in the morning. Right? So you

  • get dressed. That's it. So I hope I have cleared up this...

  • These two very common expressions for you guys. So one more time: "get dressed", very

  • general, put on your clothes. Usually we're talking about when you get up in the morning

  • or before you leave the house, you have to get dressed. "Dress up", if it's a formal

  • occasion, if you're putting on a costume of some kind for a party or a special occasion.

  • So if you'd like to test your understanding of these two expressions, make sure you have

  • them perfectly, you can check out the quiz on And don't forget to subscribe

  • to my YouTube channel. See ya guys.

Hey guys. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on: "Dress up" or:


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