English phrasal verbs

English phrasal verbs

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.

English phrasal verbs
  • Phrasal verb particles | Vocabulary

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    A phrasal verb is made up of a verb and one or two particles. The particles could be a preposition or an adverb.

    For example, the phrasal verb 'stand up' is the verb 'stand' plus the adverb 'up', so 'up' is the particle. If you 'stand up to' someone, this means you challenge them. There are two ...

  • Phrasal verbs | Vocabulary

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    We use phrasal verbs in English all the time and they help us to sound more natural. But the problem with learning phrasal verbs is there are many of them, they can be quite confusing to learn, because they seem quite similar and one phrasal verb could have many different meanings depending on th...

  • The four types of phrasal verbs

    Phrasal verbs are really important in English if you want to sound as natural as possible and understanding them will really help you to understand what you hear and read as well. Check out my other videos on phrasal verbs to understand the different meanings of some of the most common phrasal ve...