Learning Phrasal Verb English Lesson

What will I learn from the English lesson learning phrasal verbs?

During this lesson you will be learning what pharasal verbs are and the different types you can use. You will also learn the different names that are sometimes used.

What are phrasal verbs?

Phrasal verbs are a combination of any verb and preposition, they also can be verbs and an adverb, also they can be a verb, adverb and a preposition.

  1. verb + preposition
  2. verb + adverb
  3. verb + adverb + preposition

Phrasal verb have a different meaningto the original verb

Phrasal verb have a different meaning to the original verb this makes them very confusing for people to understand. Do not let this scare you, as try guessing what the meaning using the context of the text around them. After look  up the meaning using your dictionary or on-line dictionary and see if you guessed correctly.

Phrasal verbs and particles

When using phrasal verbs the adverb or preposition that comes after the verb are called a particle.

What else are phrasal verbs called

Somtimes people might refer to phrasal verbs as: -

  1. compound verbs
  2. verb-adverb combinations
  3. verb-particle constructions
  4. two-part words/verbs
  5. three-part words/verbs

When to use phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs are used for mainly used when talking about everyday things in academic writing.

Examples of phrasal verbs

Mrs Bean ran across the road so she didn't miss here bus.

When using a verb and adverb for phrasal verb they can be easy to guess what they mean

Mrs Bean opened her front door and looked outside

Mr Bean heard a very loud bang, he automatically looked up."

An adverb in a literal phrasal verb modifies the verb it is attached to, and a preposition links the subject to the verb.

Using phrasal verbs for everyday speech

Sometimes phrasal ahave very different meanings to what they usually mean

Mr Jones will need time to get over losing is job he had for 40 years.phrasal verb get over learning English

When using the phrase "to get over", we automatically think of climbing over something to get to the other side.

Mr Jones will need time to get over losing is job he had for 40 years

The example above "to get over" means Mr jones will need time to recover from losing is job

Some more examples

A lot students walked across the bridge to get to school

As Mrs jones approached the new building and she looked up to see how tall the building was

The students got on the bus

On weekdays, Sally has to look after sick mother.phrasal verb look up learning English

I didnt understand the word so I looked up the word in her dictionary

Mrs Bean looked it up in her dictionary as she didnt' understand the word.

Switch the light off.

Switch off the light

Switch it off.


Easy Pace Learning also has a lesson on verbs and phrasal verbs about clothing click on the link to view the lesson and get more examples of how to use phrasal verbs and also what they mean.

The list below is broken down into  1, 2 and 3 

  1.  = The phrasal verb.

  2.  = Describes what the verb means.

  3.  = Shows an example of how you would use it in a sentence.

Examples of phrasal verbs

  1. Do up
  2. To fasten an item of clothing.    
  3. John did his jacket up as he left the shop as it was very cold outside.      
  1. Dress up
  2. Dress up in your best clothes or fancy dress up in a costume for a party or children's games.
  3. The children enjoyed dressing up in their mother's clothes.        
  1. Hang out
  2. To dry clothes outside after washing.    
  3. The weather was cloudy and windy, Sally hung out the washing even though it looked like raining. 
  1. Hang up
  2. Hang something on a hook or maybe a hanger.
  3. Chloe was very tidy she hung her clothes up every night before going to sleep.
  1. Have on
  2. Wear an item of clothing.            
  3. John had to have on a shirt to be able to go to the works party.        
  1. Kick off
  2. Remove your shoes quickly.      
  3. Sally was so tired she kicked his shoes off as soon as entered her condo.             
  1. Put on
  2. Dress yourself or someone else with an item or items of clothing.           
  3. He put on his best jeans and shirt before going to the party             
  1. Slip on  
  2. Put on an item of clothing very easily.   
  3. She slipped on her flip flops before she went in the sea
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