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Some Common Phrasal Verbs With Examples

Some Common Phrasal Verbs With Examples

A phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition or adverb which creates a  meaning different from the original verb.

break down – stop functioning

That old Jeep had a tendency to break down just when I needed it the most.

break down – get upset

The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.

drop by – visit without appointment

We used to just drop by, but they were never home, so we stopped doing that.

keep away – remain at a distance

The judge warned the stalker to keep away from his victim’s home.

show off – demonstrate

Whenever he sat down at the piano, we knew he was going to show off.

break in – force entry to a building

Somebody  broke in last night and stole our stereo.

come apart – separate

The top and bottom come apart if you  pull  hard enough.

come forward – volunteer for a task or to give evidence

The woman came forward with her husband’s finger prints.

fall apart – break into pieces

My new dress fell apart in the washing machine.

go against someone – compete/oppose

We are going against the best soccer team in the city tonight.

hang up – end a phone call

He didn’t say goodbye before he hung up.

hold on – wait a short time

Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales Department.

look down on someone – think less of, consider inferior

Ever since we stole that chocolate bar, your dad has looked down on me.

look after someone/something – take care of

have to look  after my sick Grandmother.

look into something – investigate

We are going to look into the p[rice of snowboards today.

make up – forgive each other

We were angrv last night, but we made up at breakfast.

put up with someone/something – tolerate

I don’t think I can put up with three small children in the car.

run into someone/something – meet unexpectedly

I ran into an old school-friend at the mall.

run over  someone/something – drive a vehicle over a person or thing

I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway.

run out – have none left

We ran out of shampoo, so I had to wash my hair with soap.

Show off – act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully)

He always shows off on his skateboard.

turn off – start to fly

My Diane takes off in five minutes.

turn up – appear suddenly

Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood.

work out – exercise

I work out at the gym three times a week.

wore off – fade away

Most of mv make-up wore off before I got to the party.

shop around – compare prices

I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots.

go ahead – start, proceed

Please go ahead and eat before the food gets cold.

hand something down –  give something used to someone else

I handed mv old comic books down to mv little cousin.

hand something in submit

I have to hand in my essay by Friday.

hand something out to distribute to a group of people

We will hand out the invitations at the door.

put forwardproposal/propose

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