What are Phrasal Verbs?
Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. One verb is combined with a preposition (like on, in, under) or an adverb (like up, down, away). Sometimes a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is very different to the meaning of at least one of those two or three words separately. Some text books call these verbs multi-word verbs. Phrasal verbs are used more frequently in everyday speech than in formal, official writing or speaking.
Here are some examples:
- To Tell Off
- Carolina told me off when she found out I was gossiping about her date with Martin.
- To Chop Up
- He chopped the meat up into little pieces.
- To Wind Up
- If he doesn't get his act together, he is going to wind up in jail.
- To Have On
- Do you have your hiking boots on?
- To Come To
- Don't worry! she faints all the time! She always comes to after a few minutes.