The most usual method to introduce phrasal verbs into speech or writing is through substitution. You take a word, LIKE for example and put it into a sentence, “I like reading books about dinosaurs”. Then you take the term LIKE and replace it with the phrasal verb that you want to use, “I AM INTO reading books about dinosaurs”. This way the student begins to incorporate simple phrasal verbs into their language use. A great way to practice this skill is by learning how to match phrasal verbs with their synonyms. Find out = discover information, look after = take care of. Language learners must practice exercises such as matching phrasal verbs with their synonyms, antonyms and similar expressions.


Get/go away – go on holiday/escape

I try to get away at least once a year so that I can take it easy.


Set off – start a journey

Do you set off early in the morning if you need to catch a flight?


Hold up – delay

If your means of transport is held up, do you get frustrated?


Pick up – collect

Could you pick me up from the airport on Friday?


Get around – move from place to place

How do you usually get around your city?


Drop off – leave in a place

Do you usually drop people off at the airport?


Get back – return

When you get back from holiday, how do you feel?


Make for – head in a direction

We had better make for the train station or we might miss the train to London.


Check in – enter a hotel/flight

I am checking in to the hotel at the moment.


Check out – leave a hotel

What time do we need to check out of the hotel?


Take off – the plane leaves the ground

I hate taking off when I am on a plane.


Look around – explore

I can´t wait to look around the city, it looks amazing!


Hurry up – go faster/rush

We ought to hurry up so that we don´t miss the bus.


Check out – look at sth

What would you like to check out first?


Look forward to – be excited about

I am looking forward to meeting my friends on my next holiday.


See off – say goodbye at the airport etc.

When was the last time that you saw someone off at the airport?


Catch up with – get to the same point as

We will catch up with you after the tour around the sights.



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