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 Lay Into
- I saw Reto's mom lay into him when he came home late last night.
- To Back Out
- Sam backed out at the last second.
- To Lay Down
- Lori lays down the law in her class. English only!
- To Pull Out
- Our train pulls out at 8:00, so don't be late.
- To Fill Out
- Now that you're filling out honey, we need to get you a bra.