English Lessons Houston – Phrasal Verbs 1 “Up”
English Lessons Houston – Phrasal Verbs 1
Welcome to the world of English phrasal Verbs! There are lots of them. In these English lessons, we are going to be looking at the most common ones. When you become accustomed to using English phrasal verbs, they will be easy for you. So, let’s get started!
An English Phrasal Verb is made up of a verb and a particle.
Inseparable phrasal verbs – the verb and the particle must stay together.
Examples of inseparable phrasal verbs:
- Break down – stop working properly
My car is making a noise. I think it’s going to break down soon.
- Get together – meet
Let’s get together at Starbucks this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
- Run out of – not have enough
Can you lend me $25.00? I have run out of money!
- Look after – take care of
I need to look after my mother. She is not feeling well.
Separable phrasal verbs – the verb and the particle can stay together or be separated.
Examples of separable phrasal verbs:
- Call someone back – to return a phone call
I need to call Robert back. He is waiting for my call.
- Do something over – to do something again
I’ve made many mistakes on this essay. I will have to do it over.
- Fill something out – complete a form with information
There are several pages for my visa application. I need to fill them out.
- Figure something out – to think about something until you understand it
Mathematics is difficult. It takes me a long time to figure it out.
- Call someone up – to call someone on the phone
Tonight I’m going to call my father up and speak to him.
- Back up – to go in reverse (backwards)
To drive away, I need to first back my car up.
- Catch up – to finish the work you have or to move faster to come up to someone or something.
I have so much work to do. I’m not sure if I can catch up!
My boyfriend is walking too fast. It’s hard for me to catch up to him.
- Wrap up – to finish
I am about to wrap my project up.
- Run up – to go high
My credit card balance is very high! Last month I really ran it up!
- Turn up – to appear
I wonder when my girlfriend will turn up. She’s been gone all day!
- Hurry up – to go faster
Hurry up! The movie is about to start!
- Look up – to find something
If you don’t know the meaning of these words, look them up in the dictionary.
- Bring up – to talk about
When I was talking to my boss this morning, he brought up the fact that I have been late two times this week!
- Take up – to spend time
I have more than 50 e-mails. They are taking up too much of my time.
- Grow up – children getting older
My sister is already 15. She is growing up fast!
- Keep up – to continue
I’m tired of running, but I want to run for 30 minutes so I am going to keep it up.
There are more English phrasal verbs using the word “up”. Some of them are inseparable and some are separable. A phrasal verb is conjugated just like a regular verb.
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