Phrasal Verbs

Posted by Jaochainoi 7 | 1:02 AM

    Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and an adverb or a proposition, or both. When the verbs take on different adverbs or preposition, they have different meanings. Some of the phrasal verbs are intransitive verbs; that is, they don’t need an object. Phrasal verbs are also called two-word or three-word verbs. Let’s have a look at the examples of phrasal verbs below:

    Simple verbs like ‘to get’ when taking different adverbs and/or prepositions have different meanings.

    For example:
 
    Get along with           go together with, be friends with
    He doesn’t get along with his brother.
    Red meat and white wine don’t really get along, but some people like to have them together.

    Get back                    to return from some place or to receive again
    When will you get back from Hawaii?
    I have to get my notebook back from Jack. He has had it for too long.

    Get back at                to take revenge
    She said mean things just to get back at him for having hurt her feelings.

    Get in or into               to enter a car or arrive
    Get in the car. I will give you a ride home.
    They didn’t get in until late last night.

    Get on                         to enter a bus, train or plane, etc. and to get along
    Jane gets on the sky-train at Nana station.

    Get off                         to leave a car, bus or plane, etc.
    Ken gets off the bus at the station.

    Get rid of                      to eliminate to make something disappear
    Please get rid of the mess in your room before dinner.
    I can’t get rid of him. He follows me everywhere I go.

    Get over                      to recover from an illness or sadness
    I hope you get over your flu soon.

    Get up                          to get our of bed
    Children get up especially early on weekends to watch their favorite cartoon program on TV.

    Another example would be the verb ‘to take’. There are various prepositions and adverbs used with the verb.


    For example:
 
    Take care of                 to care for
    Good children take care of their parents when they are old.

    Take off                         to leave, to remove your clothes
    The plane had already taken off when Henry arrived at the airport.
    You have to take off your shoes before entering a monastery.

    Take over                       to take control
    Many small companies are taken over or go bankrupt during economic crises.

    Take out                          to remove
    Cindy took out the old curtains and replaced them with new ones


    To learn the phrasal verbs, you have to look them up in a dictionary. You can also try to memorize them; however, that could be difficult. Well, good luck.

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