Phrasal verbs in English are a huge part of the language. Native English speakers use them every day without even thinking about it. So, If you aren’t sure what one is, i’ll tell you…

 

​a verb + a preposition = well known phrase = phrasal verb

phrasal verbs - verb + preposition

What is a preposition?

If you’ve forgotten what a preposition is, I’ll give you a quick reminder:

A preposition tells the reader or listener when or where something is in relation to another person or object. For example:

  • My mum is waiting AT the gate.
  • I’m going to sit NEXT TO you.

Prepositions can be tricky, especially as there are around 150 to learn. My students often have trouble choosing the correct ones. In, on, and at cause the most problems, but luckily for you, I have made a guide to help you.

prepositions list and examples

phrasal verbs example

The next task is to combine the verb with the preposition.

I’ll give you a quick example before you go and explore them for yourselves. Let’s take the verb ‘look’, meaning to glance at something with your eyes. If we pair that with the prepositon ‘up’, we get the phrasal verb ‘look up’. This literally means turn your eyes towards the sky to see something.

 

Obvious right? Well… this particular example is easy BUT, now there is a big but coming your way. Look up can also mean to search for information. Just like you’re doing now, you’re looking up information on phrasal verbs. That meaning is not so obvious.

So, what i’m trying to say is that some are easy and make sense, others are difficult and you can’t guess the meaning just by looking at the the verb and preposition.

Here is ‘look up’ in use.

phrasal verbs with look - look up

A – Z phrasal verbs list

Over to you! Check out the phrasal verbs alphabetical list by clicking on the links below.

Phrasal verbs grouped by verb

Did you know…

Lots of phrasal verbs in English use the same verb BUT the preposition alters the meaning either slightly or totally.

If you want to learn about all the phrasal verbs, click on the picture below. Some of the most common ones are with the verbs come, give, go, look, put and turn.

A little tip…they can be in either the past, present or future tense. It’s a great help if you’re up to speed with your verbs for this. If you’re unsure if a verb is regular or irregular, or want to refresh your memory, head over to my grammar section.

phrasal verbs with act
phrasal verbs with ask
phrasal verbs with back
phrasal verbs with blow
phrasal verbs with break
phrasal verbs with bring
phrasal verbs with call
phrasal verbs with carry
phrasal verbs with check
phrasal verbs with close
learn phrasal verbs with come list in English
phrasal verbs with cut
phrasal verbs with dig
phrasal verbs with do
phrasal verbs with draw
phrasal verbs with drop
phrasal verbs with eat
phrasal verbs with fall
phrasal verbs with fill
phrasal verbs with get
phrasal verbs with give
phrasal verbs with go
phrasal verbs with grow
phrasal verbs with hand
phrasal verbs with hang
phrasal verbs with have
phrasal verbs with hold
phrasal verbs with jump
phrasal verbs with keep - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with lay
phrasal verbs with leave
phrasal verbs with let
phrasal verbs with live
phrasal verbs with look
phrasal verbs with make
phrasal verbs with move
phrasal verbs with pack
phrasal verbs with pass
phrasal verbs with pick
phrasal verbs with play
phrasal verbs with pull
phrasal verbs with put
phrasal verbs with ring
phrasal verbs with run
phrasal verbs with see
phrasal verbs with send
phrasal verbs with set
phrasal verbs with sit
phrasal verbs with slip
phrasal verbs with stand
phrasal verbs with take
phrasal verbs with talk
phrasal verbs with throw
phrasal verbs with turn
phrasal verbs with wait
phrasal verbs with walk
phrasal verbs with wash
phrasal verbs with wear
phrasal verbs with whip
phrasal verbs with write
phrasal verbs with work

Do you like to learn English phrasal verbs?

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