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Many students avoid phrasal verbs, but this is a huge mistake for anyone who wants to become proficient in English.
The reason for this is simple: Native English speakers use phrasal verbs with alarming regularity.
If you can’t, won’t, or don’t use them, you will never be able to say that you have a good level of English.
What are Phrasal Verbs?
Phrasal verbs are no different to any other piece of English vocabulary that you need to learn to develop your English skills.
Phrasal verbs have a main verb followed by a particle.
The particle is typically an adverb or a preposition.
In three-part phrasal verbs we can have two particles.
Phrasal Verb Problems
The problem with phrasal verbs is that their meanings cannot always be guessed from the words themselves.
Not only this, but many phrasal verbs also have more than one meaning.
With some phrasal verbs we can separate the verb from the particle, with others we cannot.
Some phrasal verbs need an object, and some do not need an object, while others can both need an object or not need an object, depending on the meaning.
Phrasal Verb Advantages
The reason we use phrasal verbs so much is that they say much more than the words alone.
Take the phrasal verb, split up, for instance.
I can say, “Jane and Martin have split up.”
If I did not use a phrasal verb, I would have to say something like, “Jane and Martin, who were in a long-term romantic relationship until recently, have decided to end their relationship and to not have anything to do with one another again, at least not romantically.”
Phrasal Verb Activation Packs
To help you learn, remember, and use over 2000 of the most common and useful phrasal verbs, I have created this series of Phrasal Verb Activation Packs.
For each pack, I have randomly selected 10 phrasal verbs from my list, in order to explore how, when, and why they are used.
Though most phrasal verbs have more than one meaning, I concentrate on only one meaning of the phrasal verbs in this Phrasal Verb Activation Pack.
Other meanings will be dealt with in future Phrasal Verb Activation Packs.
After you have studied the phrasal verbs, you will have the chance to activate the 10 phrasal verbs by using them in a series of exercises.
Today’s Phrasal Verbs
Catch up, Drive away, Find out, Fix up, Get off, Look round, Pick up, Run off, Taken aback, and Throw down
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