In this mini English lesson I want to look at the phrase bailout, which when used as a noun is one word and when used as an intransitive verb is two words.
Bailout - noun
Bail Out - intransitive verb
If you have been following the business news in English over the last few months you will have heard the phrase bailout used as a noun.
Bailout - used as a noun
" The bank happily took the bailout given to them by the government, but they still are paying themselves big bonuses."
In business English we use the phrase bailout to describe the act of giving money to a bank or company who is danger of financial failure.
When we spit bail out into two different words we are using it as an intransitive verb.
Bail Out - when used as an intransitive verb, has three distinct:
1) To describe the act of parachuting from an aircraft
"I bailed out of the plane with my parachute at 20,000 feet and it took me 4 minutes to land"
2) To describe the act of leaving a harmful or difficult situation
"We bailed out of the bar when the two men started fighting"
In American English when we use bail out to describe the act of leaving a harmful or difficult situation bail out can be shortened to balled.
"I bailed on maths class because I didn't have me homework done."
And 3) to describe the act of removing water from a boat
"It was a nice day so we rented a row boat to go out on the lake, unfortunately the boat was leaking and we had to use our shoes to bail out the water"
So there you have it Bailout or Bail Out, now you know!
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