Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(set/put) aside

put asideset aside
1) to keep or save something to use or deal with at a later time
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    • set aside some time for discussion
  • Analysis
    If you 'set' or 'put something aside', you keep it or store it to come back to it at a later time. You might set or put something aside in order to save it for later or to preserve it, or because you don't want to deal with it now and wish to address it later on. These are both popular phrasal verbs used in many different contexts, social or professional.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I can meet you later for coffee, but I also need to set aside some time to study today.
    2. I discovered if I set aside 20% of my earnings each week, I could save a lot of money really quickly.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Could we all set aside some time to discuss the new plans this week?
    2. I feel we should put those aside for the moment and deal with more pressing matters first.
    3. If we put aside our differences for the moment, you can see we have a lot of common ground here.
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