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 into attend or take part as a visitor
sit outto stay till the end of
come roundto accept circumstance and adjust yourself to them.
get onto manage one’s life
turn outto have a particular result
turn upto arrive unexpectedly
show offto brag or boast
sort outto successfully deal with a problem
hand into give something to someone in authority
sit downto take a seat
sit upto rise from a supine position
give into yield to some pressure
come forthto find something
switch onto start something
turn downto refuse or reject an offer
turn into expose
look intoprobe, or investigate a matter
look aftertake care of
take offto remove something
put outto extinguish
try onto wear some clothes for first time
turn downlower the volume
turn onto start a machine
put into invest something (matter or abstract)
look outbe 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.