What is a phrasal verb? Could you please provide examples?

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Phrasal VerbsPhrasal verbs are part of a large group of verbs called “multi-word verbs.”  Phrasal verbs and other multi-word verbs are an important part of the English language.

How to identify a phrasal verb

Multi-word verbs, including phrasal verbs, are very common, especially in spoken English. A multi-word verb is a verb like “pick up,” “turn on” or “get on with.” For convenience, many people refer to all multi-word verbs as phrasal verbs.

These verbs consist of a basic verb + another word or words. The other word(s) can be prepositions and/or adverbs. The two or three words that make up multi-word verbs form a short “phrase” – which is why these verbs are often all called “phrasal verbs.”

The important thing to remember is that a multi-word verb is still a verb.  “Get” is a verb.  “Get up” is also a verb, a different verb. “Get” and “get up” are two different verbs.  They do not have the same meaning.  So you should treat each multi-word verb as a separate verb, and learn it like any other verb.

 

EXAMPLES:

single-word verb look direct your eyes in a certain direction You must look before you leap.
multi-word verbs prepositional verbs look after take care of Who is looking after the baby?
phrasal verbs look up search for and find information in a reference book You can look up my number in the telephone directory.
phrasal-prepositional verbs look forward to anticipate with pleasure I look forward to meeting you.

Special thanks to  www.Englishclub.com.

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