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Most learners of English have a love / hate relationship with phrasal verbs! They can be very useful to know and use while at the same time being very challenging to learn. Here, you can see phrasal verbs used in context, heck the definition of common phrasal verbs in our online phrasal verbs glossary and take our online phrasal verbs quiz to test your knowledge of phrasal verbs.

What are phrasal verbs?

Phrasal verbs are word combinations that consist of a verb and a preposition or a verb and an adverb or a verb and an adverb and a preposition.

Hang out  /  Hang out with  /  Back down

Why are they important?

Native speakers of English use phrasal verbs very often when speaking English so it’s important for learners to be able to understand them. In addition, using phrasal verbs will make you sound much more natural when speaking English

Why are they challenging?

To begin with, the meaning of a phrasal verb is completely different to the meaning of the verb when used on its own.

Compare:

To look which means to direct your eyes in order to see

Ex: She looked at the tall building.

And

To look after which means to do what is necessary to keep somebody / something in a good or healthy condition

Ex: My sister looks after my children in the school holidays.

Another challenging aspect of phrasal verbs is that many phrasal verbs have multiple meanings; the phrasal verb to pass out can mean that something is distributed or that somebody loses their consciousness and faints

Ex: The manager passed out a copy of his report at the meeting.

Ex: She passed out from the heat.

Most learners of English have a love / hate relationship with phrasal verbs! They can be very useful to know and use while at the same time being very challenging to learn. Here, you can see phrasal verbs used in context, heck the definition of common phrasal verbs in our online phrasal verbs glossary and take our online phrasal verbs quiz to test your knowledge of phrasal verbs.

What are phrasal verbs?

Phrasal verbs are word combinations that consist of a verb and a preposition or a verb and an adverb or a verb and an adverb and a preposition.

Hang out  /  Hang out with  /  Back down

Why are they important?

Native speakers of English use phrasal verbs very often when speaking English so it’s important for learners to be able to understand them. In addition, using phrasal verbs will make you sound much more natural when speaking English

Why are they challenging?

To begin with, the meaning of a phrasal verb is completely different to the meaning of the verb when used on its own.

Compare:

To look which means to direct your eyes in order to see

Ex: She looked at the tall building.

And

To look after which means to do what is necessary to keep somebody / something in a good or healthy condition

Ex: My sister looks after my children in the school holidays.

Another challenging aspect of phrasal verbs is that many phrasal verbs have multiple meanings; the phrasal verb to pass out can mean that something is distributed or that somebody loses their consciousness and faints

Ex: The manager passed out a copy of his report at the meeting.

Ex: She passed out from the heat.