What is Phrasal Verb?
Phrasal Verbs are a particular kind of expression, wherein the verb is made of two or more components. Mostly the combining components are verbs and prepositions.
When divided these components will have a meaning of their own but would not suggest anything about the meaning of the phrasal verb.
Consider the following sentences:
- This sword has been handed down from father to son in the family for many generations.
- I have been looking forward to meeting you since long now.
- The patient came out of the delirium only when given tranquilizers.
- We had almost decided to give up on the search when we made the discovery.
Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions and have a particular meaning different from that of combining verbs and prepositions.
Common Phrasal Verbs List with their Meanings and Examples
|sit in||to attend or take part as a visitor|
Do you mind if I sit in?
|sit out||to stay till the end of|
I’m tired, so I think I’ll sit out the next dance.
|call off||to cancel|
They have called off their engagement.
|come round||to accept circumstance and adjust yourself to them.|
I’d just come round from a drunken stupor.
|get on||to manage one’s life|
Parents are always anxious for their children to get on.
|get back||to have something returned|
We got back the money after we threatened to sue the company.
|get along||to be friendly with one another|
They seem to get along pretty well.
|turn out||to have a particular result|
I have been fretting about how my own daughter will turn out.
|turn up||to arrive unexpectedly|
Half the guests failed to turn up.
|dress up||to wear nice clothes|
Nitu dressed up for the presentation.
|end up||to eventually become a certain way|
He ended up taking the job.
|go over||to review|
He went over the writing assignment.
|leave out||to omit|
Soni left out the graph from the presentation.
|show off||to brag or boast|
Her jeans were tight-fitting, showing off her compact figure.
|check out||to verify a person or thing|
I’ll check out the contract.
|sort out||to successfully deal with a problem|
The teacher helps the children to sort out their problems.
|hand in||to give something to someone in authority|
We handed in a letter of protest.
|sit down||to take a seat|
You’d better sit down.
|sit up||to rise from a supine position|
Amy sat up and rubbed her eyes.
|pull up||to bring something nearer|
She pulled up the document on his computer.
|put on||to add something to your person or an object|
I always put on my backpack before leaving the house.
|give in||to yield to some pressure|
I intend to give in my essay by Monday.
|give away||to give something free as a gift or donation|
He gave away most of his money to charity.
|give up||to accept defeat|
If you give up, you decide that you cannot do something.
|switch on||to start something|
she switched on the light.
|turn down||to refuse or reject an offer|
His novel was turned down by publisher after publisher.
|turn in||to expose|
He turned in his paperwork to the main office.
|see to||make sure something is done|
They hired an event planner to see to all of the details of the party.
|look into||to probe, or investigate a matter|
The police looked into his business dealings.
|look after||take care of|
It’s hard work looking after three children all day.
|take after||to resemble a parent or ancestor|
The rest of us take after our mother.
|take out||to move something outside|
Please take out the garbage before you leave.
|take off||to remove something|
She took off her cardigan.
|clean up||to clean a general area|
Who’s going to clean up this mess?
|fill up||to fill something completely|
He quickly filled up the bowl with water.
|find out||to discover|
Let me know when you find out the answer.
|put out||to extinguish|
Fire crews from Grangetown put out the blaze.
|dive into||to occupy oneself with something|
I’ll dive into that new TV show later tonight.
|try on||to wear some clothes for the first time|
I tried on a couple of dresses but they were too expensive.
|turn down||lower the volume|
She turned the sound down.
|turn on||to start a machine|
She turned on the TV.
|put in||to invest something|
The government is unwilling to put more money into training.
|think over||to consider something|
He told the player to go home and think over his offer.
|throw away||to dispose of something|
Could you throw away that burrito?
|look out||be careful of some danger|
Look out! warned Billie, seeing a movement from the room beyond.
Following are some sentences using Phrasal Verbs
- Don’t throw away your opportunity to enter this University.
- Many people believe in astrology and tarot cards nowadays.
- Quickly get in the car, we’re getting late.
- You can put forward your point in today’s meeting.
- To sit through his speech was very difficult.
- I don’t understand why you put up with his insolent behaviour.
- I could see through his intentions the first time I met, but kept quiet to give him a chance to reform.
- Please, fill in all the necessary information in this form.
- I am sure you will not let me down, I’ve full faith in your capacities.
- Why are you taking it out on me? I’m not the one responsible for the mishap.