hand in: meaning and explanation

When you hand something in, you give something to someone who is an official or in a position of authority. If you find a wallet in the street, you would hand it in to the police. When a student finishes their work at school, they hand it in to their teacher.

This phrasal verb can be used when you decide to leave your job – you hand in your notice. In this case, you give your resignation letter to your boss or manager.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

hotel, please to your keys .
Before the hotel, please to hand your keys reception.

…Before leaving the hotel

Notice the structure before doing sth. With before/after, we can use a noun, a gerund or a clause. e.g. Before lunch/before eating lunch/before I eat lunch.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Have you ever handed anything in to the police?
  • Can you remember a time when you forgot to hand something in?

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