Phrasal verbs

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English phrasal verbs

What are phrasal verbs and why every English learner hates them?

Phrasal verb is a phrase that indicates an action and consists of two or three distinct but related constructions = verb, particle and preposition. Together they form a single semantic unit.

Examples of different types of phrasal verbs

1. verb + particle (pay off – to return a debt; sneak out – silently leave the place)
2. verb + preposition (stop by – to make a quick stop)
3. verb + particle + preposition (put up with – to endure negative experience)

PARTICLES: up, down, in, out, over, on, off
PREPOSITIONS: after, into, for, by, with, at

So far it seems pretty easy. But here is the rub:

Phrasal verb can’t be understood based on the meanings of its individual parts, but must be taken as a whole.

What does it mean in practice?

It means that if you hear phrases like “hold off“, “work out” or “give in“, you usually can’t guess what that particular phrase means. You have to understand the meaning and learn it like a new word.

The most annoying thing is that native English speakers use phrasal verbs very often. So except of learning standard vocabulary, you also have to learn a lot of phrasal verbs.

Confusing theory

Theory around English phrasal verbs is rather confusing. In some sources, only particle phrasal verbs are considered as “real phrasal verbs”. Other sources include both prepositional and particle phrasal verbs.

This is our approach:

In order to help you to learn and understand them correctly, our concept is based on examples from movies. You can hear phrasal verbs in American movies all the time – they are really frequent in spoken English.

So the best way to master them is to learn them in context in real sentences. And the best context is your favorite movie or TV show 🙂

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