Phrasal Verbs

Advanced English Grammar: Phrasal Verbs 1

English phrasal verbs come in many shapes and sizes.

Typically, they’re a verb and preposition combination which, when combined, changes the meaning of the main verb into something else.

Most students of English find them difficult because sometimes the idiomatic uses either make no sense at all, or the meaning change is so drastic that even a good guesser has no idea what they mean.

Sometimes we call them two part verbs, three part verbs, or multi-word verbs.

Whatever you call them, you should know some basic truths regarding phrasal verb usage. is a good place to start to improve your knowledge of English Phrasal Verbs. Use the menu on the left of the website to explore various aspects of Phrasal Verbs.

Phrasal verbs are very common in spoken and written English so we need them to understand and speak natural English.  contains a dictionary of Phrasal Verbs, listening exercises, quizzes, games, etc;

There is also an interesting section on Particles used to make phrasal verbs:

About, across, apart, around, aside, away, back, by, down, forward, in, off, on, out, over, round, through, together, up

All particles have a literal meaning: up and down , in and out , on and off , through , away and so on.

They also have metaphorical meanings. For example, when we say Please put out your cigarette, the particle out is not used with the literal meaning of outside but with the metaphorical meaning of ending.

These metaphorical meanings follow a logical pattern shared by many verbs and when new combinations appear they also follow it.

It’s very important to become familiar with the metaphorical meanings of particles. This will make phrasal verbs logical and much easier to learn and remember.

Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs

 What is a Phrasal Verb?

A phrasal verb consists of a verb and a preposition or adverb that modifies or changes the meaning; ‘give up’ is a phrasal verb that means ‘stop doing’ something, which is very different from ‘give’. The word or words that modify a verb in this manner can also go under the name particle.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions, combining verbs and prepositions to make new verbs whose meaning is often not obvious from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. They are widely used in both written and spoken English, and new ones are formed all the time as they are a flexible way of creating new terms. presents A reference of 2,993 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples.

You can Search the dictionary, Browse it or  Take a Phrasal Verb Quiz.

There is also an interesting Quiz on  Prepositions and Particles used to make up Phrasal Verbs. is always updating it database. You can check the latest entries here!

Phrasal Verbs are often used in Idiomatic Expressions. An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, which can make idioms hard for ESL students and learners to understand. Here, provides a dictionary of 3,540 English idiomatic expressions with definitions.

Many idioms have been classified into topic groups, which you can browse by using categories.

Idioms By Country

Phrasal Verbs List: 200 common phrasal verbs 1

This is a list of about 200 common phrasal verbs, with meanings and examples.

Phrasal verbs are usually two-word phrases consisting of verb + adverb or verb + preposition. Think of them as you would any other English vocabulary. Study them as you come across them, rather than trying to memorize many at once.

Use the list below as a reference guide when you find an expression that you don’t recognize. The examples will help you understand the meanings. If you think of each phrasal verb as a separate verb with a specific meaning, you will be able to remember it more easily.

Like many other verbs, phrasal verbs often have more than one meaning. As well as learning their meanings, you need to learn how to use phrasal verbs properly. Some phrasal verbs require a direct object (someone/something), while others do not. Some phrasal verbs can be separated by the object, while others cannot. Review the grammar lesson on phrasal verbs from time to time so that you don’t forget the rules!

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