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 Call For
This recipe calls for milk, not water.
To Get Through To
It's hard to get through to Janet because her telephone line is always busy.
To Come Along With
Sam came along with us to the beach.
To Spell Out
He's so stupid that you have to spell everything out for him.
To Go For
Our team is going for the gold medal in the Olympics.