Phrasal verbs are a key part of learning informal English. The first thing to do is understand what a phrasal verb is…

 

THE CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY DEFINES A PHRASAL VERB AS:

A phrase that consists of a verb and a preposition, the meaning of which changes from the individual verb and preposition alone.

 

For example, work out is a phrasal verb because the meaning is not literally work + out, but rather solve or invent.

In this page you can access exercises in PDF to practise phrasal verbs

 

TO LEARN PHRASAL VERBS WELL YOU SHOULD:

UNDERSTAND THE MEANING + LEARN SOME SIMPLE PHRASES + USE LOTS OF EXAMPLES IN CONVERSATIONS

 

The next steps to progress are by making sure that students use phrasal verbs consistently, what they need to do is make sure that they use them in context and assimilate them. They must use them often to consolidate their meaning. What students must be careful of is that they do not change the context too much or the meaning could change. For example GET BY can mean, survive with the minimum amount of money necessary or know how to use a little bit of a language.

The second thing to do is to understand the GRAMMAR. Know how to conjugate the verb well and also IF YOU CAN SEPARATE THEM. Normally we can separate a phrasal verbs if there is an object (Turn the light on), we have a choice if it is a long object, but if it is an object pronoun we almost always need to separate (turn it on). There are some phrasal verbs that we never separate (look after them). If there is no object we do not separate them (go back).

Look below for tips and advice on phrasal verbs. We have sorted them into topics to ease the learning of them

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