Phrasal Verb Activator 2
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Many students lay off the study of 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 get away with claiming you have a good level of English.
I hope you are with me on this.
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.
This Phrasal Verb Activation Pack will help you to catch on.
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.
You really need to call on your active vocabulary to use phrasal verbs properly.
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, catch on, for instance.
I can say, “He soon caught on.”
If I did not use a phrasal verb, I would have to say something like, “At first, he had no idea what was happening but after a very short time he began to understand what was happening.”
Phrasal Verb Activation Packs
To help you learn, remember, and use over 2000 of the most common and useful phrasal verbs, I have called on my many years of teaching experience to bring you 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
- Be in for
- Be with
- Bring round
- Call on
- Catch on
- Dry up
- Get across
- Get away with
- Lay off
- See through
Be in for
Find yourself in prison due to an offence you have committed.
- What are you in for?
- Some people are in for life.
- I’m in for armed robbery.
- I’ve no idea what he’s in for.
In for cannot be separated, even with a pronoun.
In for does not need an object.
Agree with someone about something.
- Are you with me on this?
- Yes, I am with you on this.
- No, I’m not with you on this.
- The government is with the people on this issue.
Be cannot be separated from the particle with.
Be with does need an object, as we need to be with somebody.
Resuscitate someone from an unconscious state.
- The nurse brought the patient round after the operation.
- They tried to bring Simon round, but he would not wake up.
- You were unconscious for five minutes before they managed to bring you round.
- Didn’t they used to use smelling salts to bring people round?
Bring must be separated from the particle round.
Bring round does need an object, as we must bring someone round.
To summon up something or have recourse to it.
- The police are often called on to resolve family arguments.
- I had to call on all my previous experience to resolve the situation.
- I have never called on my parents for financial help.
- Do your kids ever call on you to help them with their bills?
Call on cannot be separated even by a pronoun.
Call on does need an object, as we must call on somebody or something.
Begin to understand something or realise what is happening.
- It took me a while, but I gradually caught on to what he was trying to achieve.
- It took me some years to catch on to the sort of woman she really was.
- So, you finally caught on, did you?
- Nobody seemed to catch on to the fact that the government never wanted Brexit to happen.
Catch on cannot be separated even with a pronoun.
Catch on does not need an object, but it can take one after to.
Lose all moisture and become completely dry, hard, and shrivelled.
- The automatic watering system failed, and the plants have all dried up.
- Even after heavy rain, Seville’s streets quickly dry up once the sun comes out.
- After drying out in the sun for a few days, the dried fruit is packaged.
- The sun has dried the soil up so that it is as hard as concrete.
Dry can be separated from the particle up.
Dry up does need an object as we need something to dry up.
To move from one side of something to another.
- We had to use a boat to get across the river.
- As soon as the traffic stopped, I ran quickly to get across the road.
- There is no way we can get across this valley before nightfall.
- They got across the ditch by using a fallen tree.
Get across cannot be separated with this meaning.
Get across does need an object as we must get across something.
Get away with
Escape without receiving punishment for bad actions.
- There is no way he is going to get away with stealing all that money.
- I can’t believe that he got away with it!
- Some people really do get away with murder.
- I will personally make sure you don’t get away with it.
Get away with is a three-part phrasal verb and cannot be separated even by a pronoun.
Get away with does need an object, as we need something to be getting away with.
Leave a person, activity, or thing alone.
- Just lay off me!
- The teacher told the older boy to lay off the younger boy.
- He tried to lay off the markets for a while, but soon went back to his old ways.
- You need to lay off those computer games and do your homework.
Lay off cannot be separated with this meaning.
Lay off does need an object as we have to lay off something or someone.
To have sufficient supply for a period of time.
- This firewood is not going to be enough to see us through the winter.
- I wonder if you could lend me a little money to see me through to the end of the week?
- He has enough supplies in his cellar to see him through a nuclear winter.
- The energy bars should give you enough strength to see you through to the end of the marathon.
See must be separated from the particle through.
See through must have an object, a thing to be seen through.
Phrasal Verb Activation Pack
Now that we have seen how each of these phrasal verbs can be used, we will practice using them.
Each time you do the Phrasal Verb Activation Pack, you will be given some random questions from a database of questions.
There are enough exercises to see you through a few hours of study.
To get a new random set of questions, refresh your browser.
Some words in this Phrasal Verb Activation Pack will be new to you.
You may need to call on the dictionary of the words used in this Phrasal Verb Activation Pack which I have included as a resource.
I’m sure that with the definitions in the dictionary you will soon catch on to the meaning of the words.
Download the dictionary from the resources link in the top left of the Phrasal Verb Activation Pack.
The Vocabulary Activator will help you find out just how much of the vocabulary in this Phrasal Verb Activation Pack you have added to your active vocabulary.
Each time you do the Vocabulary Activator you will be given some random definitions to put a word to.
You can get away with not doing the vocabulary activator, but I really recommend that you do it to really activate this vocabulary.
To get a new set of questions, refresh your browser.
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