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.
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
The plane couldn’t take off.
Leave the ground and start flying
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
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
The prices of petrol will go up.
Increase, become more
She wants to go back to Cardiff.
Return to a place
I always wake up at 8 a.m.
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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