You’re probably thinking – “Learning phrasal verbs? All right, it sounds useful, but is it really that necessary? If I haven’t paid much attention to them by now, surely I can do without them in the future!”
Well, I have to tell you that you’re not entirely right in saying that. Of course, you can do without them, but you’ll miss out on so many benefits that the phrasal verbs can give you that it just wouldn’t be wise. And by the way – did you notice that I used two phrasal verbs in the previous sentence – to do without and to miss out?
What I’m trying to say is that on many occasions it will be much easier for you to speak English if you go for more natural, friendly means of expression, and phrasal verbs provide you with exactly that!
And by the way – phrasal verbs make your English speech sound more like that of a native English speaker. Speaking in a native manner definitely makes your speech more understandable and it’s only a bonus.
So if you learn at least the most commonly used English phrasal verbs, you’ll definitely increase your overall English fluency and understanding. If you don’t learn phrasal verbs and use a more formal synonym, you run the risk of sounding pompous or ridiculous to native speakers. Imagine, for example, your friend telling you “Oh, do resist from talking!” instead of “Oh, do shut up!” or “Oh, do belt up!” or “Oh, do pipe down!”
And here’s another great benefit to using and knowing English phrasal words. You can start speaking fluent English much sooner if you learn phrasal verbs as they consist of simple verbs that you’re already familiar with. Majority of English phrasal verbs are formed using basic verbs like to get, to take, to make, to look, to bring, to give and similar. (I’ll explain to you more about phrasal verbs with get, take, make, look, bring, and give in another lesson.) So instead of learning and memorizing plenty of new formal English words you can use your existing basic English vocabulary wisely and form dozens upon dozens phrasal verbs. This way you can start speaking fluently much faster and work on building up your formal English vocabulary afterwards!