Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs consist of verbs combined with prepositions or adverbs, known as particles. The meanings of these combinations cannot be determined in isolation; instead, they must be understood within the context of the entire phrase. These meanings can range from being evident to obscure. When the meaning is unclear, it becomes idiomatic, whereas if the […]

Phrasal verbs consist of verbs combined with prepositions or adverbs, known as particles. The meanings of these combinations cannot be determined in isolation; instead, they must be understood within the context of the entire phrase. These meanings can range from being evident to obscure. When the meaning is unclear, it becomes idiomatic, whereas if the meaning is clear, it is non-idiomatic. Some phrasal verbs convey a single meaning, while others may have multiple meanings.

 

Phrasal Verbs with Clear Meaning:

Example 1: They waited for him to descend.

Example 2: They were seated.

 

Phrasal Verbs with Unclear Meaning:

Example 1: The convict broke down (lost control of his emotions).

Example 2: Did you catch on (understand)?

 

Phrasal Verbs with the Same Meaning:

Example: After completing his prison term, he kept out of trouble.

Kept away from trouble.

Stayed away from trouble.

 

Phrasal Verbs with Different Meanings:

Example 1: During the Christmas party, I fell in with (encountered by chance) an old friend.

Example 2: I am ready to fall in with (agree to) anything you propose.

 

It’s important to note that a single verb can combine with different particles, leading to a change in the meaning of each phrasal verb as the particle changes.

 

Example:

  1. Break in – forcibly enter a building.
  2. Break up – end a relationship.
  3. Break down – suddenly stop working.
  4. Break through – overcome.

 

  1. Turn out – prove or show.
  2. Turndown – reject or refuse.
  3. Turn in – submit.
  4. Turn off – make somebody lose interest or feel bored.

 

  1. Stand up for – support.
  2. Stand up to – oppose.

 

  1. Give in – surrender.
  2. Give up – renounce.
  3. Give away – reveal.

 

  1. Look after – take care of.
  2. Look down on – despise.
  3. Look up to – respect.

Related Posts:

Pronoun Types

Essay Writing (Formal Letters): Letters of Complaints

Punctuation Marks; Comma, Semicolon, Question Mark and Colon

Phrasal Verb

Letter Writing

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top