Autora: Verónica Amaro Bermejo
Sometimes English phrasal verbs make sense… but another time, they seem totally random.
But, what is a phrasal verb? It is a phrase that’s made up of a and another word or two, usually a but sometimes an .
Phrasal verbs work by changing the verb’s meaning based on the preposition that follows them.
You probably already know a number of phrasal verbs. English phrasal verbs are everywhere, so one of the best ways to learn them is to try to listen for them. These phrases are commonly used, and would not be unusual to hear in a conversation. Do you hear a verb used together with another word very often? It might be a phrasal verb.
There are so many phrasal verbs that it might seem difficult to learn them all. But many of these phrases become natural after a while you should to learn them with some repetition and practice.
By the other hand, phrasal verbs are used just like verbs. You can use them anywhere they make sense!
Here you are some examples of the most common phrasal verbs;
Turn On / Turn Off
the TV (I want to watch a program)
the TV (it’s time to go to bed)
Put On / Take Off
I was cold, so I a jacket.
When I get home, I always my shoes.
You can use with clothes, shoes, hats, watches, and jewelry.
To discover or learn information.
Can you what time the first train to London arrives?
I just that my coworkers are going to have a surprise birthday party for me.
can be used to discover information on purpose (first example) or by accident (second example).
To stop doing something.
I need to smoking.
The book was so difficult that I I didn’t finish the book.
My doctor says I need to fast food.
You can use with an activity (smoking) or a thing (fast food).
To put something in its place.
Your clothes are all over the floor. Please them
I all the toys, then cleaned the house.
Throw Away (Throw Out)
To put something in the garbage/trash.
The bananas were rotten, so I them
To give missing information.
Please the missing word in this sentence: My sister _____ 8 years old.
To get a passport, I two forms and paid $200.