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 Pick On
She keeps picking on me! Make her stop.
To Go Without
A person can go without water for three days.
To Go In For
Are you going to go in for soccer this year at school?
To Go Into
I really don't want to go into that now.
To Play Down
The President played down his affair with the intern.