Students Hate Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal verbs offer many students a nightmarish construct of the English language. Many students would rather go to the dentist and learn a phrasal verb. Yet phrasal verbs are an integral part of the English language and for good reason.
Why Do Students Hate Phrasal Verbs?
The reason phrasal verbs are so important in English is that they convey far more information than the sum of their parts. For instance, the phrasal verb, split up, tells us much more than the word split and up can on their own or together.
Jane and Michael have split up.
What does this tell us? It tells us a great deal. It tells us that Jane and Michael were in a long-term stable relationship. It tells us that that relationship has ended, though it doesn’t tell is why. It tells us all of this in the 2 words split up.
Without the phrasal verb, split up, we would have to write a lengthy sentence: Jane and Michael were renascent long-term relationship but they have decided that they do not wish to continue that relationship so they will not be seeing one another again.
This is why phrasal verbs are so important to English speakers. It’s also part of the reason why students find phrasal verbs so difficult.
At the request of several students, I have decided to create a series of lessons for the Britlish Library explaining the hidden meanings behind common phrasal verbs. I hope that in this way I can make phrasal verbs more accessible to students. You can find out more in the Britlish Library.