Phrasal Verbs, Nooooooooooooo!! Just kidding.
Students know that a phrasal verb is like a nightmare for people learning English. There are lots of them and you have to practice if you want to know them. Native speakers use phrasal verbs all the time in their conversation! Knowing them will make your speech look similar to a native person’s speech and it’s good using them in your writing.
But first, what is a phrasal verb?
The term phrasal verb is commonly used when two or three distinct but related constructions in English appear: a verb, a particle and/or apreposition. They mean something together, but if literally translated, they won’t mean that much in a specific sentence.
Verb + preposition (prepositional phrasal verbs)
- Who is looking after the dogs? – after is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase after the kids.
- They haven’t picked on anybody. – on is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase on nobody.
Verb + particle (particle phrasal verbs)
- They brought that up three times. – up is a particle, not a preposition.
- You have to think it over. – over is a particle, not a preposition.
Verb + particle + preposition (particle-prepositional phrasal verbs)
- Who can put up with that? – up is a particle and with is a preposition.
- He is looking forward toa rest. – forward is a particle and to is a preposition.
What about now? Do you know what is a Phrasal Verb? Good! Which other ones do you know? Which one do you use more? (Take a look at our list of Phrasal Verbs – that will grow according the comments flow)