In a previous post, I went over some information about phrasal verbs (you can check it out here Phrasal Verbs – friends or foes) , but some questions have come up from some of my students so I came up with the idea of writing another post on phrasal verbs.
First – how many phrasal verbs have you come across in this post so far?
Five ! We use them a lot as native speakers so they are very important for you to learn too!
Even if you don’t know the meanings of these phrasal verbs, you might be able to work them out (another phrasal verb) from the context. This is an important skill to learn to improve your reading skills.
See how you go 😊
Match the following phrasal verbs with the meanings below :
|go over come across check out work out come up come up with|
|*find something you weren’t looking for *think of an (idea or suggestion) |
*look at something to see what you think *understand something or resolve it *look at something or examine it *appear
Read on to see if you were correct ⬇️
Let’s talk about different types of phrasal verbs :
Intransitive – these phrasal verbs do not have objects.
Some questions have come up. ( appeared)
Transitive– these phrasal verbs always have objects.
I went over( examined/looked at) some information about phrasal verbs.
I came up with ( thought of ) the idea of writing another post on phrasal verbs.
These phrasal verbs are inseparable which means the phrasal verbs can’t be separated – we cannot put an object in between parts of the phrasal verbs.
Separable phrasal verbs can be separated- the object can come in the middle of the phrasal verb.
You can check my phrasal verb post out here ( look at my post to see what you think )
* Please note that you do not have to separate the phrasal verb -You can check out my phrasal verb post here.
However, if we use a pronoun instead of a noun as the object , we must separate the phrasal verb -we must put the pronoun in the middle of the phrasal verb:
You can check it out ✅
You can check out it ❌
Even if you don’t know the meanings of these phrasal verbs, you might be able to work them out (understand them) from the context. This is also separable so the object can come in the middle of the phrasal verb or after it (if we use the noun as the object but we must separate the phrasal verb if we use the pronoun)
You might be able to work the meanings out ✅
You might be able to work out the meanings ✅
You might be able to work them out ✅
You might be able to work out them ❌