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 Take Over
- If the president is assassinated, the vice-president will take over.
- To Get Out Of
- I fell into the water when I tried to get out of the canoe.
- To Set Up
- I set up an appointment with my doctor at 3:30 this afternoon.
- To Keep At
- You should keep at your studies.
- To Write Down
- Write down the directions so you don't forget them.