Thursday, 14 November 2013


Phrasal verbs are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts. They  consist of a verb plus a particle (preposition, adverb). The particle can change the meaning of the verb completely, e.g.:
look for = seek (look for her ring)
look up = consult a reference book (look a word up in a dictionary)
look forward = anticipate with pleasure (look forward to meeting someone)

The particle is placed either after the verb or after the object.
Write down the word. / Write the word down.
If the object is a pronoun, however, the particle has to be placed after the pronoun (object).
Write it down.
There are no rules that might explain how phrasal verbs are formed correctly - all you can do is look them up in a good dictionary and study their meanings.

Here you can find a list of the most common phrasal verbs, with meanings and examples.


rahyal said...

Why are phrasal verbs useful in the IELTS exam, both in Speaking and in Writing ? The main reason is that it shows off your vocabulary and it lets your examiner know that you can use complex words to explain your essay or answer.

english phrasal verbs

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