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June 20, 2006

Anyone heard about Phrasal Verbs. Seem alotof people using it though.But how to use it??that make me wonder either, nothing we can say/speak/talk if dunno how to it…Let make up your mind and learn this by heart that this term is easy if we know the rules and term

let's move on

Phrasal verbs are a group of multi-word verbs made from a verb plus another word or words. Many people refer to all multi-word verbs as phrasal verbs. On these pages we make a distinction between three types of multi-word verbs: prepositional verbs, phrasal verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs. On this page we look at phrasal verbs proper.

Phrasal verbs are made of:

verb + adverb

Phrasal verbs can be:

  • intransitive (no direct object)
  • transitive (direct object)

Here are some examples of phrasal verbs:

  phrasal verbs meaning examples
  direct object
intransitive phrasal verbs get up rise from bed I don't like to get up.  
break down cease to function He was late because his car broke down.  
transitive phrasal verbs put off postpone We will have to put off the meeting.
turn down refuse They turned down my offer.

Separable Phrasal Verbs

When phrasal verbs are transitive (that is, they have a direct object), we can usually separate the two parts. For example, "turn down" is a separable phrasal verb. We can say: "turn down my offer" or "turn my offer down". Look at this table:

transitive phrasal verbs are
separable
correct They turned   down my offer.
correct They turned my offer down.  

However, if the direct object is a pronoun, we have no choice. We must separate the phrasal verb and insert the pronoun between the two parts. Look at this example with the separable phrasal verb "switch on":

direct object pronouns must go between the two parts of transitive phrasal verbs correct John switched   on the radio. These are all possible.
correct John switched the radio on.  
correct John switched it on.  
Not correct John switched   on it. This is not possible.

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