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

phrasal verb

noun [C] 

/ˌfreɪ.zəlˈvɜːb/ US  /-ˈvɝːb/


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.



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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  1. Think of Phrasal verbs as you would any other English vocabulary. Study them as you come across them, rather than trying to memorize many at once.

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