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 Look Up To
- He looks up to his father.
- To Zonk Out
- Jill was so exhausted after taking the TOEFL test that she zonked out before dinner.
- To Zoom In On
- She zoomed in on his face while taking the picture.
- To Yak On About
- She just yakked on and on about her husband's new job.
- To Call In
- We had to call in a plumber because the sink was leaking and I had no idea how to fix it.