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 Talk Over
- I hope my parents talk their relationship problems over before they get divorced.
- To Yak On About
- She just yakked on and on about her husband's new job.
- To Get Up
- What time did you get up this morning?
- To See Off
- Did you see your sister off at the train station?
- To Drop Out
- Yuri isn't on the team any more. He dropped out.