What are Phrasal Verbs?
A phrasal verb is a combination of words (a verb + a preposition or verb +adverb) that when used together, usually take on a different meaning to that of the original verb.
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Phrasal Verb Examples
- break down, check in, tear up
- Ella tore up the letter after she read it.
- Their car broke down two miles out of town.
- Did the manager deal with that customer’s complaint.
- Be sure to put on a life jacket before getting into the boat.
- We left out the trash for pickup.
- It’s time to get on the plane.
- What will she think up next?
- I’m having some trouble working out the solution to this equation.
- We’re going to have to put off our vacation until next year.
- Stand up when speaking in class, please.
- We’ll have to wake up early if we want breakfast.
- Take off your shoes before you walk on the carpet.
- My dog likes to break out of his kennel to chase squirrels.
Phrasal Verb Exercises
Choose the correct phrasal verb from the parenthesis at the end of the sentence.
- Someone broke into my car last night and stole the stereo. (broke down/broke into)
- Will you be able to get by this month with the little you have?(get off / get by)
- His father always taught him not to _____ those people with less. (look up to / look down on)
- Stop complaining and _____ your work! (get on with / get over)
- The boss wants you to _____ your figures for this month to him. (hand out / hand in)
- We're going to have to _____ our trip to Spain until September. (put up/ put off)
- I _____ Amir today at the supermarket. It was great to see him. (ran out of / ran into)
- I'm so tired of Sophie _____ her engagement ring all the time. (showing off, showing up)
- The police would not _____ to the kidnapper's demands. (give up/ give in)
- I thought I would _____ for a cup of coffee. Is that okay? (drop off/ drop in)
- Have you ever _____ such an unusual piece of art? (come forward/come across)
- It’s important to _____ on time. (show up / show off)
- _____ your feet when walking; you don’t want to trip! (uplift / lift up)
- The tree was _____ by the wind. (blown up / blown over)
- He _____ his hat to show me his new haircut. (took off / took up)
- I just can’t seem to _____ this book. (get off / get into )
- look down on
- get on with
- hand in
- put off
- ran into
- showing off
- give in
- drop in
- come across
- show up
- lift up
- blown over
- took off
- get into