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 Nose Around
- I hate it when my mother noses around my room.
- To Cut Out
- He cut the bone out of the steak.
- To Kick Back
- After work, I like to kick back in front of the tv and relax.
- To Get Along With
- Giovanna doesn't get along with her two brothers.
- To Write Out
- He wrote out the lyrics so I could understand what the singer was saying.