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 Close Up
- They are closing the ski resort up for the summer.
- To Look After
- When my sister goes on vacation, I look after her dog.
- To Hold Back
- The police held the demonstrators back while the politicians entered the building.
- To Wait Up
- Don't wait up.
- To Show Off
- Young boys show off in order to impress girls.