The next word in our vocabulary boost series is HAND. HAND is not such a high frequency verb but it can be used as a synonym of give, pass, help and own. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using HAND.
As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.
To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)
Hand it to someone
Be on hand
Have at hand
A pair of hands
Be on hand
Give someone a hand
Do something by hand
Lend a hand
Be dealt a good/bad hand
Give a big hand to – clap/applaud
Live hand to mouth – be poor
Wait on someone hand and foot – help a lot
Force someone´s hand – obligate
The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)
Hand out – distribute
The teacher handed out the exams to the nervous candidates
Hand over – give
Would you hand over the key, please?
Hand back – return something to someone
Could you hand me back my pen, please?
Hand in – give to someone
We handed in our assignments last week
Hand off – block in rugby
I handed off the number 8 so he couldn´t tackle me
To learn how to use HAND you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.