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 Get Ahead Of
You need to work overtime in order to get ahead of schedule.
To Turn Up
My keys turned up in the bedroom.
To Break Off
Sally broke her engagement to John off.
To Keep At
You should keep at your studies.
To Hang Around
Maria and Salvador usually hang around the beach after school.