Here are some examples of phrasal verbs listed below which constitute a major part of the English language
as well as our way of expressing nuances. ( Exercises in process at the moment for my website...)
to get in
to get out .
to get over
to get through
to jump in .
to jump on
to take on
to take in
to take over
to take around
to take up
to look in on
to look over
to look into
to look at
to cut in
to cut out
to cut over
THESE PHRASAL VERBS TO STUDY FROM :
asksomeoneout invite on a dateBrian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
ask around ask many people the same questionI
asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
add up tosomethingequalYour purchases add up to $205.32.
backsomethingup reverseYou'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.
backed me up over my decision to quit my job.
blow up explodeThe racing car
blew up after it crashed into the fence.
blowsomethingup add airWe have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.
break down stop functioning (vehicle, machine)Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
break down get upset The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.
breaksomethingdowndivide into smaller partsOur teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.
break inforce entry to a buildingSomebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.
break intosomethingenter forciblyThe firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.
breaksomethinginwear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel newI need to break these shoes in before we run next week.
break ininterruptThe TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.
break upend a relationshipMy boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.
break upstart laughing (informal)The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.
break outescapeThe prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking
break out insomethingdevelop a skin conditionI broke out in a rash after our camping trip.
bringsomeonedownmake unhappyThis sad music is bringing me down.bringsomeoneupraise a childMy grandparents brought me up after my parents died.
bringsomethingupstart talking about a subject My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.
bringsomethingupvomit He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet.call around phone many different places/people
We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed.
callsomeoneback return a phone call I called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend.
callsomethingoff cancelJason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fiancé.
call onsomeoneask for an answer or opinionThe professor called on me for question 1.
call onsomeonevisit someoneWe called on you last night but you weren't home.
callsomeoneup phone Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.
calm down relax after being angry You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.not
care forsomeone/somethingnot like (formal)I don't care for his behaviour.
catch up get to the same point as someone elseYou'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty.
check in arrive and register at a hotel or airportWe will get the hotel keys when we check in.check out leave a hotelYou have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.checksomeone/somethingoutlook at carefully, investigateThe company checks out all new employees.
check outsomeone/somethinglook at (informal)Check out the crazy hair on that guy!
cheer up become happier She cheered up when she heard the good news.cheersomeoneupmake happierI brought you some flowers to cheer you up.
chip in helpIf everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.cleansomethinguptidy, clean Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside.
come acrosssomething find unexpectedlyI came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
come apart separateThe top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come down withsomethingbecome sick My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
come forward volunteer for a task or to give evidenceThe woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.
come from somewhere originate inThe art of origami comes from Asia.
count onsomeone/somethingrely on I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.
crosssomethingoutdraw a line throughPlease cross out your old address and write your new one.
cut back onsomethingconsume less My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.
cutsomethingdownmake something fall to the ground We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.
cut in interruptYour father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.
cut in pull in too closely in front of another vehicleThe bus driver got angry when that car cut in.
cut instart operating (of an engine or electrical device)The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22°C.
cutsomethingoffremove with something sharp The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.
cutsomethingoff stop providingThe phone company cut off our phone because we didn't pay the bill.
cutsomeoneofftake out of a will My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.cutsomethingoutremove part of something (usually with scissors and paper)I
cut this ad out of the newspaper.dosomeone/somethingoverbeat up, ransack (Br.E., informal)He's lucky to be alive. His shop was done over by a street gang.
dosomethingoverdo again (N.Amer.)My teacher wants me to do my essay over because she doesn't like my topic.
do away withsomethingdiscardIt's time to do away with all of these old tax records.dosomethingupfasten, close
Do your coat up before you go outside. It's snowing!dress upwear nice clothingIt's a fancy restaurant so we have to
dress up.drop backmove back in a position/groupAndrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike.
drop in/by/overcome without an appointmentI might
drop in/by/over for tea sometime this week
dropsomeone/somethingoff take someone/something somewhere and leave them/it thereI have to drop my sister off at work before I come over.
drop out quit a class, school etcI dropped out of Science because it was too difficult.
eat out eat at a restaurantI don't feel like cooking tonight. Let's eat out.
end up eventually reach/do/decide We ended up renting a movie instead of going to the theatre.
fall apart break into piecesMy new dress fell apart in the washing machine.
fall down fall to the ground The picture that you hung up last night fell down this morning.
fall outseparate from an interiorThe money must have fallen out of my pocket.
fall out(of hair, teeth) become loose and unattached His hair started to fall out when he was only 35.
figuresomethingout understand, find the answerI need to
figure out how to fit the piano and the bookshelf in this room.
fillsomethinginto write information in blanks (Br.E.)Please fill in the form with your name, address, and phone number.
fillsomethingoutto write information in blanks (N.Amer.)The form must be filled out in capital letters.
fillsomethingupfill to the topI always
fill the water jug up when it is empty.
find outdiscoverWe don't know where he lives. How can we find out?
findsomethingout discoverWe tried to keep the time of the party a secret, but Samantha found it out.
getsomethingacross/overcommunicate, make understandableI tried to get my point across/over to the judge but she wouldn't listen.
get along/on like each otherI was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on.
get around have mobilityMy grandfather can get around fine in his new wheelchair.
get away go on a vacationWe worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week.
get away withsomething do without being noticed or punishedJason always gets away with cheating in his maths tests.
get back returnWe got back from our vacation last week.
getsomethingback receive something you had beforeLiz finally got her Science notes back from my room-mate.
get back atsomeoneretaliate, take revengeMy sister got back at me for stealing her shoes. She stole my favourite hat.
get back intosomethingbecome interested in something againI finally got back into my novel and finished it.
get onsomethingstep onto a vehicleWe're going to freeze out here if you don't let us get on the bus.
get oversomethingrecover from an illness, loss, difficultyI just got over the flu and now my sister has it.get oversomethingovercome a problemThe company will have to close if it can't get over the new regulations.
get round tosomething finally find time to do (N.Amer.: get around tosomething)I don't know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards.
get together meet (usually for social reasons)Let's get together for a BBQ this weekend.
get up get out of bedI got up early today to study for my exam.
get up standYou should get up and give the elderly man your seat.givesomeoneaway