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 Check With
- He needs to check with his parents before he goes.
- To Get Around
- Some people get around paying taxes by hiring a good accountant.
- To Add Up To
- The total expenses added up to $325.00.
- To Get Along
- Do you and your sister get along?
- To Stay Over
- It takes you so long to take the bus home, so why don't you just stay over?