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).
• 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.
• 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.
• Switch the light off.
• Switch off the light.
• Switch it off.
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: