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 Catch Up On
- I need to catch up on world events. I haven't seen the news in ages.
- To Write Up
- He wrote up a business proposal in order to get a loan.
- To Spell Out
- He's so stupid that you have to spell everything out for him.
- To Turn Around
- Turn the car around and go back home.
- To Look Into
- The police are looking into the murder.