Phrasal Verbs Lesson

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THE RULE
A phrasal verb has a meaning which is different from the original verb. That's what makes them fun, but confusing. You may need to try to guess the meaning from the context, or, failing that, look it up in a dictionary.

There are four types of Phrasal verbs.
One of them Verb + adverb + object (separable)
a) I put up the picture on the wall. (literal)
b) I put up enough wood on the fire, so it went out. (metaphorical)

The object (noun or person) can come between the verb and the adverb. I put the picture up. I put my sister up.

But if the object is a pronoun, it always comes between the verb and the adverb. I put it up. (NOT I put up it.)I put her up. (NOT I put up her.)

If the object is a long noun phrase, a noun with a qualifying clause, or a noun clause, the adverb comes immediately after the verb. This avoids the adverb being too far separated from the verb. They turned down the majority of the applicants for the job. She told off the children who had stolen her apples.

You should think over what I’ve been talking to you about.

1) MATCH THE PHRASAL VERBS WITH THEIR DEFINITIONS

|1. Catch up with – |a) Reach the same point/level as.. | |2. Keep up – |b) Change the date/time of an event so it happens earlier | |3. Bring forward – |c) Remove (from a high place) | |4. Look up – |d) Save money (for a specific purpose) | |5. Give up – |e) To continue to do something | |6. Join in – |f) Return sth to the place it came from | |7. Get over –...
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