Phrasal verbs are expressions in English that we make using a verb and a ‘particle’, which could be either a preposition or an adverb. For example, ‘hurry up’ is a common phrasal verb, which means to do something faster. This is a verb and an adverb.
We use them all the time in English, both in spoken English and written English, although they tend to sound a bit more informal, so they are more common in spoken English. This is why they are so important, because if you use them, you will sound much more natural.
Phrasal verbs can be a bit confusing because some of them can more than one meaning, such as ‘pick up’. That’s why it’s better to learn them in context.
These video lessons will show you how we use phrasal verbs and why by giving you lots of examples in context. We will look at common phrasal verbs based on the verb and we'll also look at phrasal verbs based on the different particles they use as well. We will also learn about the rules of phrasal verbs through the four main types.