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 Pull Through
- I didn't think she was going to make it, but she pulled through in the end.
- To Go Out
- They love to go out every Saturday night.
- To Hold Off On
- We should hold off on making dinner until your parents arrive.
- To Check Out
- He checked out the new restaurant down the street.
- To Break Into
- The burglar broke into the house between midnight and 3 AM.