Tuesday, 21 October 2014

What are phrasal verbs?

What are phrasal verbs?
Phrasal verbs are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts. (The more formal a conversation or text, the less phrasal verbs are found.)
Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and a particle (preposition, adverb). The particle can change the meaning of the verb completely. For example::
·         look up – consult a reference book (look a word up in a dictionary)
·         look for – seek (look for her ring)
·         look forward – anticipate with pleasure (look forward to meeting someone)
There are no rules that might explain the meaning of phrasal verbs. All you can do is look them up in a good dictionary and study their meanings.
Position of the Particle:
In some cases the particle is placed either after the verb or after the object.
·         Write down the word
·         Write the word down
If the object is a pronoun, however, the particle has to be placed after the pronoun (object).
·         Write it down.
·         Your photo album. Put it down

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