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 Iron Out
- We need to have a meeting this week in order to iron out the distribution problems.
- To Burn Up
- I am burning up in here - open the window.
- To Wipe Out
- After surfing all day, I was completely wiped out.
- To Get Across
- It's difficult to get humor across in another language.
- To Bring Off
- You robbed the bank! I can't believe you brought that off.