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Can you use phrasal verbs? English #StudyTip

6th August 2017

Phrasal verbs are very common in spoken English. Most phrasal verbs have a verb (sit, stand, get etc.) and a particle (up, on, off etc.) Sometimes, the meaning of the two parts is easy to understand. Sometimes the two parts form a new meaning. And be careful: some have more than one meaning! Check our new #StudyTIp and learn some popular phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verb



give up something

I have to give up smoking.

Stop doing something

Get on (well) with someone

Sara is lovely, we get on well with each other.

Have a good relationship

Take off

The plane couldn’t take off.

Leave the ground and start flying

Grow up

When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.

Change from a child to an adult

Find out something

I must find out the times of the trains to London.

Find a fact or piece of information you need/ want

Go out

Let’s go out this evening.

Leave your home to do social activities, e.g. cinema, disco, etc.


Some phrasal verbs don’t need an object

Phrasal verbs



Go up

The prices of petrol will go up.

Increase, become more

Go back

She wants to go back to Cardiff.

Return to a place

Wake up

I always wake up at 8 a.m.

Stop sleeping


Other phrases verbs need an object. It can go before or after the particle.

Take off your jacket. (remove)

Take your jacket off.

Can you turn on the light? (make something start working)

Can you turn the light on?

When the object is a pronoun (e.g. it, them) it must go before the particle.

Take it off.

Can you turn it on?


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