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 Make Over
- The teacher made me do my homework over.
- To Pass Away
- After battling cancer for several years, he finally passed away at the age of 87.
- To Live On
- I could live on bread and cheese.
- To Check Up On
- The police are checking up on the bomb threats.
- To Break Out
- Violent protests broke out in response to the military coup.