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What are phrasal verbs? Is there an easy way to learn them?

phrasal verbnoun[C]


a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both, the meaning of which is different from the meaning of its separate parts:'Look after', 'work out' and 'make up for' are all phrasal verbs. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus 

A phrasal verb is a verb with two parts; the verb and a preposition. The preposition changes the meaning of the verb - to turn on a light is different from to turn a corner.

Is there an easy way to learn phrasal verbs? Not if 'easy' means without practice. Phrasal verbs are tricky for English language learners because there are no universal rules. They are the inner secrets of the language; available only to those with the curiosity and patience to discover them.

There are, however, a few useful guidelines that can help - see here:

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What is bitcoin? How do you use it?

Bitcoin is back in the news with the dramatic closure of one of its heaviest users - the Silk Road online marketplace - and the supposed unmasking of Mr Bitcoin in the unlikely form of Satoshi  Nakamoto
What is Bitcoin?Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which enables the use of this currency.  Source: Babbage The Economist
The value of Bitcoin has fluctuated wildly
The bitcoin virtual currency has had a volatile 24 hours that saw values plummet, hack attacks, trading shutdowns and bitcoin-stealing malware.From the high of $260 (£169) for each bitcoin on 10 April, bitcoins are now worth less than $100 (£65) each.The main bitcoin exchange shut down for 12 hours to install hardware to help it cope with trad…