“Set up a recurring external transfer.”

English Lesson: Set up a recurring external transfer.

You have bank accounts at two different banks. You want to send some money from one bank to the other every month automatically. You visit the first bank's website and click this link.

Set up a recurring external transfer.

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set up (something)

The phrasal verb "set up" means to get something ready to begin. You can use "set up" to talk about:

  • starting a company
  • organizing a meeting
  • creating a bank account
  • making an appointment

Like other separable phrasal verbs, you can use "set up" in two ways:

  • set up (something)
  • set (something) up

Short pronouns like "it" and "them" need to come between "set" and "up"

Can you set it up for me?

If the object is long and complicated, it needs to go at the end:

Why don't we set up a time to meet and discuss that.

Otherwise, most objects can come either between or after:

My dad helped me set the account up.

My dad helped me set up the account.


a recurring transfer

Something that repeats again and again is "recurring". We talk about:


For a bank account, a "recurring transfer" is money that is automatically sent somewhere at regular times. For example, you might automatically send $200 from your checking account to your savings acount every month.

an external transfer

Sending money from a bank account to some other account is called "making a transfer" or "transferring money".

If you send the money to another account at the same bank, it's an internal transfer. "Internal" means "inside".

If you send the money to an account at another bank, it's an external transfer. "External" means "outside".