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A phrasal verb is the combination of a standard verb such as make or put with one or two particles. In some cases the particle is an adverb such as away, together; in others, it is a preposition such as through, in and in some others it is a combination of a particle and a preposition. In general, a phrasal verb is a combination of 2 or 3 words. The phrasal verbs cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts, but must be taken as a whole. Here are a few examples of the many hundreds of English phrasal verbs: pass away, pull together, fall through, make do with, put down to.
Phrasal Verb Constructions: Primarily there are 3 main types of phrasal verb constructions as below:
  1. Verb + Preposition (prepositional verbs) : Examples: 1. Who is looking after the kids? 2. I ran into an old friend. After and into are prepositions.

  2. Verb + Particle (particle verbs): Examples: 1. You should not give in so quickly. Here in is a particle. A particle is a word or a part of a word that has a grammatical purpose but often has little or no meaning.

  3. Verb + Particle + Preposition (particle-prepositional verbs): Examples: 1. She is looking forward to the party. 2. I cannot put up with that?

Phrasal Verb Types: Primarily there are 4 main types of phrasal verb types as below:
  1. Transitive Phrasal Verb : Phrasal verbs which require an object in a sentence are called transitive phrasal verbs. Ex: She looks after the dog. looks after is a phrasal verb and the dog is the object without which the sentence would not have a complete meaning.

  2. Intransitive Phrasal Verb: Phrasal verbs which do not require an object in a sentence are called transitive phrasal verbs. Ex: His grandmother passed away. The phrasal verb in bold does not have an object.

  3. Separable Phrasal Verb: Phrasal Verbs whose words can be separated to be used in different places in a sentence. Ex: Please turn on the light vs. Please turn the light on.

  4. Inseparable Phrasal Verb: Phrasal Verbs whose words cannot be separated to be used in different places in a sentence. Ex: The boy ran away.

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Phrasal Verb Example
Ask after (ask about the welfare, inquire after) I met your brother at the party, he asked after you.
Ask for (request for) She asked for a glass of water.
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Back out (go back on, withdraw from promise) He agreed to help but backed out at the last moment.
Bear away (win) Suhani bore away the first prize in the dance competition.
Bear on/upon [relevant, (bearing on)] Your remarks have no bearing on the main problem.
Bear out (support the argument, corroborate) I am sure my classmates will bear out my statement.
Bear with (to show patience, co-operate) In view of the heavy losses suffered by the company, the shareholders were requested to bear with.
Bear out (extinguish) The candle blew out as the gust of wind came in.
Blow over (pass off without harm, come to an end) Don’t worry, the crisis are likely to blow over.
Blow up (explode, start suddenly) The plan of the enemy to blow up the fly-over was foiled by the police.
Break down (emotional collapse, stop functioning) While giving evidence in the court, she broke down.
Break into (enter by force) The robbers broke into his house last night.
Break out [spread (war, epidemic, fire, riots)] The fear that aids has broken out in India is not unfounded.
Break through (discover a secret, major achievement) There is no hope of break through in the murder case.
Break up [terminate (meeting, school, session)] The college will break up next week for summer vacation.
Bring about (cause to happen) The administration helped to bring about a peaceful settlement.
Bring out (explain the meaning, publish) When asked to explain, she could not bring out the meaning of the poem.
Bring round (to make one agree, bring to senses) I was able to bring my mother round to my views with great difficulty.
Bring up (rear, educate) Fathers are beginning to play a bigger role in bringing up their children.
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Call in/call out (send for help) The police were called in without delay by the residents.
Call off (suspend or abandon) We decided to call off the strike.
Call on (go and visit a person) It is a tradition for the Prime Minister to call on the President.
Call upon (appeal, exhort) He was called upon to prove the correctness of the press reports.
Carry on (continue) Now it is difficult to carry on this business in the teeth of stiff competition.
Carry out (implement, obey, execute) It is not likely that your father will carry out the threat of disinheriting you.
Cast down (dejected, down cast) Now-a-days he is cast down as a result of his failure in the examination.
Cast off (release, remove) Organization must cast off old fashioned practices in order to survive.
Catch up with (make up for deficiency, overtake) He remained ill for many days but caught up with the pending work very soon.
Come about (happen) It is not good that such an unfortunate accident cam talent about.
Come across (meet by chance) I came across my old friend in the market yesterday.
Come by (get) How have you come by such a precious diamond?
Come of (belong to) Reeta comes of a family of freedom fighters.
Come round (agree, recover from illness) My father at first refused to let me continue study but he came round in the end.
Cope with (manage) They coped with all their problems cheerfully.
Cut down (curtail, reduce) Since you are out of job these days, you must cut down your expenditure.
Cut out for (suitable) He is cut out for an administrative career.
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Die down [gradually disappear (riots, excitement, storm etc.)] The wind has died down.
Die out (become out of use or existence) He thought that the custom had died out a long time ago.
Do away with (eradicate) We should do away with social evils.
(Have) Done with (have no relation) I have done with him because of his dishonesty.
Drop out (retire in the midst of doing something) She could not qualify for the selection as she dropped out while the race was in progress.
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Fall back (retreat) The rioters fell back when the police arrived.
Fall back on (depend on) You must save money to fall back on it in old age.
Fall off (decrease in number, get separated) In the wake of roof tragedy the admissions in the school have fallen off.
Fall out (quarrel) The two friends appear to have fallen out over a minor issue.
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Get along (be friendly) They just can’t get along together because of temperamental differences.
Get at (reach, understand) It is very difficult to get at the truth etc.
Get away with (without being punished or with little punishment) Although his fault was serious, he got away with light punishment.
Get on (progress) How is your son getting on with your study?
Get over (recover from illness or shock, come over) He is still trying to get over the financial crises.
Get through (pass through, succeed) It is not possible to get through examination without labour.
Give away (distribute) She has given away jewellery worth thousands of Rupees.
Give in (surrender, agree) At first she was adamant but at last she gave in to the request of her friend.
Give up (stop, abstain from) He gave up smoking to save money.
Give way (collapse under pressure, break) The contractor was charged with negligence when the roof of a new building gave way.
Go down (be believed) Your excuse will not go down.
Go off (explode and be discharged) When he was cleaning his gun it west off and killed him.
Go through (read hurriedly, endure) He didn’t lend me the newspaper because he was going through it.
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Hand out (distribute) Hand out the books to the students.
Hand over (give charge or authority) He has not handed over charge to the new manager.
Hold on (carry on, bear difficulties, persist) Inspite of financial difficulties he held on and succeeded in the long run.
Hold out (resist) When the robbers ran short of ammunition, they could no longer hold out.
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Jump at (accept happily) He jumped at the offer of his boss to accept the job abroad.
Jump to (arrive suddenly [conclusion]) You should never jump to conclusions.
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Keep from (refrain from, not to mix with) Always keep from selfish people because they can harm you anytime.
Keep off (keep at a distance) There was a notice at the site, “Keep off the bushes.”
Keep on (continue) She kept on crying inspite of my assurance of help.
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Lay by (save money) The wise men always lay by money for their old age.
Lay down (establish a rule, sacrifice, surrender) The conditions laid down by the Department of Health were violated by the nursing homes.
Lay off (to discontinue work, dismiss temporarily) The workers have been laid off for want of raw material.
Lay out (plan building, garden etc.) A number of gardens were laid out by the Moghuls.
Let down (humiliate, to lower down) We should never let down our friends.
Live on (depend for food (staple food) The lion is carnivorous and lives on flesh.
Live by (means/manner) You must learn to live by honest means.
Look after (take care of) In her old age she has no one to look after her.
Look at (see carefully) The boys are looking at the sky.
Look back on (to think of the past) People can often look back and reflect on happy childhood memories.
Look for (search for a lost thing) She was looking for her lost books.
Look down upon (hate, despise) It is folly on your part to look down upon the poor students.
Look into (investigate the matter) A committee was set up to look into the problem.
Look upto (respect) His younger brother looks upto him and obeys his every order.
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Make off with/away with (run away, destroy) They made off with the cash and fled.
Make out (understand the meaning) The police could not make out the coded message they intercepted.
Make over (transfer possession, convert) Since she had no legal heir, she made over her house in charity.
Make up (to end (quarrel), compose) You should make an effort to make up a quarrel with your friend.
Make up for (compensate for) After her long illness she is trying her best to make up for her deficiency in study.
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Pass away (die, expire) On the passing away of his father I sent him a message of condolence.
Pass for (regarded to be) The TATAs pass for philanthropists in the country.
Pass off (take place) The elections are likely to pass off peacefully.
Pass oneself off (show off) The hypocrites always pass themselves off as honest persons.
Pass out (leave after completing education) The cadets will pass out next month after completing their training.
Pull down (demolish a structure) Why did they pull the shops down?
Pull off (succeed) India pulled off victory in the last stage of the match.
Pull up (stop, scold) The students were pulled up by the Principal for their misbehaviour with the class teacher.
Put down (crush, keep down) The riots were put down by the local police.
Put off (postpone, avoid, discourage) The meeting had to be put off because the President could not come.
Put on (wear, pretend) It is difficult to put on the appearance of innocence for a long time.
Put out (extinguish) The fire was put out suddenly.
Put up (stays, question) He is putting up at a hostel these days.
Put up with (tolerate patiently) For an honourable person it is difficult to put up with the haughty behaviour of the Directors.
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Run after (pursue, hanker after) We should not run after money.
Run down (criticise, poor health) As a result of long illness she has run down a lot.
Run into (come across, meet by chance) While walking along the roadside, I ran into my old schoolmates.
Run out (come to an end) When the rations ran out, the head office was informed.
Run over (crush under) He was run over by a speeding car.
Run through (waste money) It is a pity that he has run through his fortune over gambling and drinking.
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See off (to escort a guest for his departure) His friends were present at the station to see him off.
See through (discover something hidden, motive) Man has grown so clever that it is difficult to see through his tricks.
Send for (summon) She sent for a doctor when her husband fell ill.
Set about (start doing) As soon as she reached home, she set about calling up her friends.
Set aside (allocate, strike down, turn down) The High court set aside the verdict of the lower court in this sensitive matter.
Set in (begin) As soon as the summer sets in, the reptiles come out of hibernation.
Set off (to start a series of events, process, improve) (i) Cosmetics set off the natural grace. (ii) Privatisation has set off the process of liberalisation in foreign trade.
Set forth (start on a journey, explain) The party will set forth its views on globalisation at a public rally.
Stand by (support, help) Although he promised to stand by me in difficulties, he did not live up to it.
Stand for (represent) T.E.C. stands for Technical Education Certificate.
Stand out (to be conspicuous) She stood out from the crowd because of her as
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Turn up (arrive, take place) Who can say what will turn up next?
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Wipe away (cleanse, remove) The marks of blood were wiped away by the accused.
Wipe out (destroy completely) We must try to wipe out poverty from the country.
Work up (incite, instigate) The politicians should not try to work up communal frenzy.
Work upon (influence) The leader tried to work upon the mob.