English Grammar Phrasal Verbs

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.

  1. This sword has been handed down from father to son in the family for many generations.
  2. I have been looking forward to meeting you since long now.
  3. The patient came out of the delirium only when given tranquilizers.
  4. 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 the combining verbs and prepositions.

Following are some phrasal verbs with their meanings.

sit in to attend or take part as a visitor
sit out to stay till the end of
come round to accept circumstance and adjust yourself to them.
get on to manage one’s life
turn out to have a particular result
turn up to arrive unexpectedly
show off to brag or boast
sort out to successfully deal with a problem
hand in to give something to someone in authority
sit down to take a seat
sit up to rise from a supine position
give in to yield to some pressure
come forth to find something
switch on to start something
turn down to refuse or reject an offer
turn in to expose
look into probe, or investigate a matter
look after take care of
take off to remove something
put out to extinguish
try on to wear some clothes for first time
turn down lower the volume
turn on to start a machine
put in to invest something (matter or abstract)
look out be careful of some danger.

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.