Thursday, November 8

In or Out of Touch?

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In life it’s only natural that we make many new friends as we get older. And sometimes, we lose some.

It can’t be avoided. At every stage of life that we enter, we are set apart by distance, time, and opportunities.

Do you still communicate with your old friends? If so, how often and by what means?

On Facebook? By email? By Skype?

Fortunately, today’s world gives us the most sophisticated applications that make everything convenient. So, finding a long-lost friend can be as easy as the touch of a button.

But this means it’s also harder for you to hide from people that you have intentionally broken ties with.

Whether we admit it or not, it’s a fact that there are some people we avoid. We simply can’t get along with everybody. We are all different and one person’s personality may clash with that of another.

There are people we want to keep contact with. But there are also people we choose not to deepen our relationship with.

In any case, whether the purpose is to reconnect a broken link or to let a relationship take its fated course and just fade away, here is a list of very practical expressions:

In Touch

First of all, do you know the meaning of the idiom “in touch”?

Let me just tell you that it's not connected with the physical meaning. 


So don’t confuse the meaning of this idiom with this image:

image courtesy of stock.xchng

In touch” means “in contact” with someone. Maybe a long-distance friend, a relative, a business partner, an ex-lover or someone else.

This is why if you say “get in touch,” it means to “make contact with someone.”

(As you might feel, “make contact” sounds a bit too formal for everyday use. This is why “get in touch” would be better for you to practice.)

Aside from “get in touch,” here are several other useful expressions you can use to talk about friendships and communication.  They’re all listed in a very convenient and (overly) simple flowchart :

Get in touch (with somebody)
Be in touch (with somebody)
Keep / Stay in touch (with somebody)
Lose touch (with somebody)
Be out of touch (with somebody)
Get back in touch (with somebody)
Be in touch (with somebody)

Note: If you look closely, you will see that all the idioms above use Prepositions before “touch.” These Prepositions are "in" or "out of."

But one idiom: “lose touch with” doesn’t need any Prepositions. Please remember this difference.

You shouldn’t make the mistake of saying:

Lose in touch with somebody. = X


Lose out of touch with somebody. = X

Fall Out

Finally, there’s another Phrasal Verb in English: “fall out,” which means to “cut off a relationship with someone because you had a disagreement with them.”

I think most (if not all of us) have already experienced this.


Have you and she fallen out?

Yes, I’ve fallen out with her.

We have fallen out.

I have fallen out with my parents.

It can also be used as a Noun: “falling-out.” Like in these examples:

I had a falling-out with them.

They had a falling-out over money.

Hope you learned something!

Keep on learning !

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