Most used English Phrasal Verbs

Hi everybody, how've you been? I hope your doing great, just like me. Today's post is about Phrasal Verbs. Most people use phrasal verbs without knowing what is all about. In simple words we can say that a phrasal verb is a Verb plus a Particle (preposition or adverb). Phrasal verbs are very common in conversation, we can learn many phrasal verbs watching movies and series, in music is very common as well. Most English students try to memorize a very extensive list of phrasal verbs, it's kind of frustrating because we must learn them like we are learning any other verb. Phasal verbs sometimes have different meanings, like the verbs themselves. Phrasal verb is something we can't learn just reading a few lines, it takes time to master this subject. There is a list of common phrasal verbs and their meaning to be used as a source. 

The phrasal verbs with asterisk (*) are non-separable verbs. 
Example: I called on Dan. Correct.
               I called Dan on. Incorrect.
The other verbs are separable.
Example: "I brought up the children." OR "I brought the children up."

Remember that separable phrasal verbs using a pronoun as the object of the verb MUST be separated (I brought them up NOT I brought up them).

  • Ask out: ask someone to go on a date
  • Bring about: cause
  • Bring up: 1) rear children 2) mention or introduce a topic
  • Call back: return a telephone call
  • Call in: ask to come to an official place for a special reason
  • Call off: cancel
  • Call on*: 1) visit 2) ask a student a question in class
  • Call up: call on the telephone
  • Catch up (with)*: reach the same position or level as someone
  • Check in*: register at a hotel
  • Check into*: investigate
  • Check out: 1) borrow a book from a library 2) investigate
  • Cheer up: make (someone) feel happier
  • Clean up: make clean and orderly
  • Come across*: find by chance
  • Cross out: draw a line through
  • Cut out: stop an annoying activity
  • Do over: repeat
  • Drop by*: visit informally
  • Drop in (on)*: visit informally
  • Drop off: leave something/someone somewhere
  • Drop out (of)*: stop going to school or class
  • Figure out: find the answer by logic
  • Fill out: complete a form
  • Find out: discover information
  • Get along (with)*: to have a good relationship with
  • Get back (from): 1) return from somewhere 2) receive again
  • Get in, get into*: 1) enter a car 2) arrive
  • Get off*: leave any vehicle
  • Get on*: enter any vehicle
  • Get out of*: 1) leave a car 2) avoid some unpleasant activity
  • Get over*: recover from an illness
  • Get through*: finish
  • Get up*: arise from bed, a chair etc.
  • Give back: return something to someone
  • Give up: stop doing something
  • Go over*: review or check
  • Grow up*: become an adult
  • Hand in: submit an assignment
  • Hang up: 1) stop a telephone conversation 2) put up clothes on a line or a hook
  • Have on: wear
  • Keep out (of): not enter
  • Keep up (with)*: stay at the same position or level
  • Kick out (of): force (someone) to leave
  • Look after*: take care of
  • Look into*: investigate
  • Look out (for)*: be careful
  • Look over: review or check
  • Look up: look for information in a reference book
  • Make up: 1) invent 2) do past work
  • Name after: give a baby the name of someone else
  • Pass away*: die
  • Pass out: 1) distribute 2) lose consciousness
  • Pick out: select
  • Pick up: 1) go to get someone 2) take in one’s hand
  • Point out: call someone’s attention to
  • Put away: remove to an appropriate place
  • Put back: return to original position
  • Put off: postpone
  • Put on: dress
  • Put out: extinguish a cigarette, fire
  • Put up with*: tolerate
  • Run into: meet by chance
  • Run across: find by chance
  • Run out (of): finish a supply of something
  • Show up*: appear, come to
  • Shut off: stop a machine, equipment, light etc.
  • Take after*: resemble
  • Take off: 1) remove clothing 2) leave on a trip 3) leave the ground (aeroplane)
  • Take out: 1) take someone on a date 2) remove
  • Take over: take control
  • Take up: begin a new activity
  • Tear down: demolish, reduce to nothing
  • Tear up: tear into many little pieces
  • Think over: consider
  • Throw away: discard; get rid of
  • Throw out: discard; get rid of
  • Throw up: vomit
  • Try on: put on clothing to see if it fits
  • Turn down: decrease volume
  • Turn in: 1) submit classwork 2) go to bed
  • Turn off: stop a machine, equipment, light etc.
  • Turn on: start a machine, equipment, light etc.
  • Turn out: extinguish a light
  • Turn up: increase volume or intensity

That's it for today!

2 comentários :

Heloanne disse...

Conheci o blog a pouco tempo mas já estou achando muito legal e útil.
Valeu pelas postagem com assuntos hiperlegais, adorei saber da origem do OK!.
bjs and thanks!!

Robson Leandro Rosa disse...

Heloanne, valeu pelo comentário. Isso me motiva muito para continuar escrevendo. Um grande abraço e bons estudos.

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