Phrasal Verbs List

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P h ra sa l Ve rb s L i st

Phrasal Ve rbs List (EnglishClub.com)
Ph ras al v erb s are u s u ally two -wo rd p h ras es co n s is tin g o f verb + adverb o r verb + prepos ition. Th in k o f th em as y o u wo u ld an y o th er En g lis h v o cab u lary . Stu d y th em as y o u co me acro s s th em, rath er th an try in g to memo rize man y at o n ce. Us e th e lis t b elo w as a referen ce g u id e wh en y o u fin d an exp res s io n th at y o u d o n 't reco g n ize. Th e examp les will h elp y o u u n d ers tan d th e mean in g s . If y o u th in k o f each p h ras al v erb as a s ep arate v erb with a s p ecific mean in g , y o u will b e ab le to rememb er it mo re eas ily . Like man y o th er v erb s , p h ras al v erb s o ften h av e mo re th an o n e mean in g . Th is lis t s h o ws ab o u t 200 co mmo n p h ras al v erb s , with mean in g s an d examp les . On ly th e mo s t u s u al mean in g s are g iv en . So me p h ras al v erb s may h av e ad d itio n al mean in g s .

A s well as learn in g th eir mean in g s , y o u n eed to learn h o w to u s e p h ras al v erb s p ro p erly . So me p h ras al v erb s req u ire a d irect o b ject (so meo n e/so meth in g ), wh ile o th ers d o n o t. So me p h ras al v erb s can b e s ep arated b y th e o b ject, wh ile o th ers can n o t. Rev iew th is p h ras al v erb s g rammar fro m time to time s o th at y o u d o n 't fo rg et th e ru les ! Verb

Meaning

Example

as k so meo n e out

in v ite o n a d ate

Brian as k ed Ju d y out to d in n er an d a mo v ie.

as k around

as k man y p eo p le th e s ame q u es tio n

I as k ed around b u t n o b o d y h as s een my wallet.

add up to so meth in g

eq u al

Yo u r p u rch as es add up to $205.32.

back so meth in g up

rev ers e

Yo u 'll h av e to back up y o u r car s o th at I can g et o u t.

back so meo n e up

s u p p o rt

M y wife back ed me up o v er my d ecis io n to q u it my jo b .

blow up

exp lo d e

Th e racin g car blew up after it cras h ed in to th e fen ce.

blow so meth in g up

ad d air

W e h av e to blow 50 b allo o n s up fo r th e p arty .

break down

s to p fu n ctio n in g (v eh icle, mach in e)

Ou r car brok e down at th e s id e o f th e h ig h way in th e s n o ws to rm.

break down

g et u p s et

Th e wo man brok e down wh en th e p o lice to ld h er th at h er s o n h ad d ied .

break so meth in g down

d iv id e in to s maller p arts

Ou r teach er brok e th e fin al p ro ject down in to th ree s ep arate p arts .

break in

fo rce en try to a b u ild in g

So meb o d y brok e in las t n ig h t an d s to le o u r s tereo .

break into so meth in g

en ter fo rcib ly

Th e firemen h ad to break into th e ro o m to res cu e th e ch ild ren .

break so meth in g in

wear s o meth in g a few times s o th at it d o es n 't
lo o k/feel n ew

I n eed to break th es e s h o es in b efo re we ru n n ext week.

break in

in terru p t

Th e TV s tatio n brok e in to rep o rt th e n ews o f th e
p res id en t's d eath .

break up

en d a relatio n s h ip

M y b o y frien d an d I brok e up b efo re I mo v ed to A merica.

break up

s tart lau g h in g (in fo rmal)

Th e kid s ju s t brok e up as s o o n as th e clo wn s tarted talkin g .

break out

es cap e

Th e p ris o n ers brok e out o f jail wh en th e g u ard s weren 't lo o kin g .

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break out in
so meth in g

d ev elo p a s kin co n d itio n

I brok e out in a ras h after o u r camp in g trip .

bring so meo n e down

make u n h ap p y

Th is s ad mu s ic is bring ing me down.

bring so meo n e up

rais e a ch ild

M y g ran d p aren ts broug ht me up after my p aren ts d ied .

bring so meth in g up

s tart talkin g ab o u t a s u b ject

M y mo th er walks o u t o f th e...
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