What’s a PHRASAL VERB?

The difference between a normal verb and a phrasal vern

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a verb with both an adverb and a preposition.

A phrasal verb has a meaning which is different from the original verb.  You may need to try to guess the meaning from the context, or look it up in the dictionary.

A further way of considering phrasal verbs is whether they are separable or inseparable. In inseparable verbs, the object comes after the particle (adverb/preposition that follows the verb).

Examples:

• She got on the bus.

• On weekdays, my parents look after my son because I have to work.

Separable verbs have several ways of separating verb, particle, and object. Usually, the object comes between the verb and particle.

Examples:

• She looked up the word in her dictionary.

• She looked it up in her dictionary.

However, with some separable verbs, the object can come before or after the particle.

Examples:

Switch the light off.

Switch off the light.

Switch it off.

NOTE:

There’s usually no way of telling whether they are separable or inseparable. In most cases you have to get a feel for them.

Here are a few of interactive phrasal verb games that you can download for free on Google PlayStore:

Dynamic English Lessons

The Phrasal Verbs Machine

Phrasal Nerds

Phrasal Verb World

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