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Grammar: phrasal verbs
Test: phrasal verbs
Phrasal Verbs

Today in the classroom you are going to learn about phrasal verbs an important part of English grammar.
 
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Grammar: Phrasal Verbs (reading and grammar)

Definition of a phrasal verb.
  • A phrasal verb is a combination of:
  • a verb and a preposition
  • a verb and an adverb
  • a verb with both an adverb and a preposition
  • The meaning of a phrasal verb is different from the original verb
  • The preposition or adverb that follows the verb is called a particle and changes the meaning of the phrasal verb
  • Phrasal verbs can be divided into the following groups:
  • intransitive phrasal verb 
  • does not take an object
  • inseparable phrasal verb
  • the object comes after the particle
  • separable phrasal verb
  • the object comes between the verb and the particle
  • separable phrasal verb
  • the object can come before or after the particle though when a pronoun is used it comes before the particle
Phrasal Verb Examples
  • intransitive phrasal verb - does not take an object
  • They had an argument, but they've made up now.
  • inseparable phrasal verb - the object comes after the particle
  • They are looking after their grandchildren.
  • separable phrasal verb - the object comes between the verb and the particle
  • The quality of their work sets them apart from their rivals.
  • separable phrasal verb - the object can come before or after the particle though when a pronoun is used it comes before the particle
  • Turn the TV off.
  • Turn off the TV.
  • Turn it off.
Fun Easy English Grammar Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Phrasal Verbs

Using phrasal verbs is very important when speaking English. Many of the phrasal verbs used in English are also idioms. If you want to sound more natural you need to be able to understand and use phrasal verbs when speaking English.
Test: Grammar Phrasal Verbs (reading and grammar)

Phrasal verbs are verbs that contain a verb and a particle which together form the unit of meaning. Study the examples below. For the test, fill in the blanks with the correct phrasal verb.
  • put together - this phrasal verb means to assemble
  • The office manager tried to put together the new table.
  • think up - this phrasal verb means to create or invent
  • The inventor spent the weekend trying to think up a new invention.
1.  He has to ________ the balloons for the party.

     a.  blow out
     b.  blow up
     c.  fill in
2.  She wanted to ________ the clothes before buying them.

     a.  keep on
     b.  try on
     c.  fill in
3.  The teacher decided to ________ the exam until next week.

     a.  put off
     b.  leave out
     c.  give out
4.  The student had to ________ all night studying.

     a.  hold on
     b.  wake up
     c.  stay up
5.  Quit acting like a child. You need to ________.

     a.  grow up
     b.  work out
     c.  build up
6.  She needs to ________ her clothes at the dry cleaners.

     a.  set up
     b.  pick up
     c.  put up
7.  The couple decided to ________ their problems instead of ending the relationship.

     a.  hang up
     b.  run off
     c.  work out
8.  You should ________ the old product before opening a new one.

     a.  pick up
     b.  pick out
     c.  use up
9.  If it rains, we have to ________ the game.

     a.  call off
     b.  call up
     c.  cut off
10.  He already spent one hour trying to ________ the math problem.

     a.  figure out
     b.  put off
     c.  put on
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