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 Stand Up To
- I think you should stand up to your older brother and tell him to stop pushing you around.
- To Cut Off
- She cut him off before he said something he would regret later.
- To Cut Down On
- You need to cut down on your fat intake.
- To Chop Down
- The lumberjack chopped the tree down.
- To Take After
- I take after my father. Who do you take after?