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 Run Away From
- The child ran away from its parents.
- To Check On
- Let's check on the baby again before we go to sleep.
- To Come Up With
- She came up with a great proposal for the new advertising campaign.
- To Pan Out
- The trip to Vegas didn't pan out.
- To Get Away
- Why did Nancy give all of her furniture away?