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 Bring On
- I can't believe she got so angry. What brought that on?
- To Lie With
- Whether or not you can go to the party lies with your father.
- To Look Back On
- When I look back on my childhood, I often feel angry.
- To Jump In
- Feel free to jump in at any moment while we are talking.
- To Go For
- Our team is going for the gold medal in the Olympics.