Phrasal Verbs 

Phrasal Verbs :

A combination of verb and preposition is called a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are usually two-word phrases consisting of verb + adverb or verb + preposition. There are literally thousands of phrasal verbs.

You have read about them in other pages also. Few more are given below with their meanings and their usage.

Catch up.
Get to the same point as someone else.
You’ll have to write faster than that if you want to catch up with what the teacher is dictating.

Check in.
Arrive and register at a hotel or airport.
We will get the hotel keys when we check in.

Check out.
Leave a hotel or airport.
You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 a.m.

Chip in.
If everyone chips in, we can collect enough money to educate ten children for the next two years.

Cut something out.
Remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper).
I cut this advertisement out of the newspaper.

Drop out.
Quit a class, school, etc.
I dropped out of engineering college because I found it too difficult for me.

Fall apart.
1. Break into pieces through.
2. Being in a dilapidated state.
My old shoes are falling apart. So, I will have to get some new ones.

Figure something out.
Understand and find the answer.
I need to figure out how to fit the desk and the bookshelf in this room.

Fill something up.
Fill to the top.
I always fill the water jug up when it is empty.

Get away.
Go on a vacation.
We worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week.

Give something away.
Ruin a secret.
My little sister gave the surprise party away by accident.

Give up.
Stop trying.
My mathematics homework was too difficult. So, I gave up.

Go after someone.
Follow someone.
My brother tried to go after the thief in his car.

Go after something.
Try to achieve something.
I went after my dream and now I am a published writer.

Go against someone.
Compete or oppose.
We are going against the best debating team in the city.

Hand something in.
I have to hand in my assignment by Friday.

Hold someone / something back.
Prevent from doing / going.
I had to hold my dog back because there was a cat in the park.

Hide an emotion.
Hold something back.
Sunita held back her tears at her grandfather’s funeral.

Hold someone / something up.
A man in a black mask held the bank up this morning.

Keep something from someone.
Not tell.
We kept the secret from our friends for two days.

Put someone down.
Insult or make someone feel stupid.
The gang of boys always looks for someone to put down every New Year.

Turn something down.
Decrease the volume or strength (heat, light, etc.)
Please turn the television down while the guests are here.

Turn something down.
I turned the job down because I was not happy with the salary they were offering.

Turn something off.
Stop the energy flow or switch off.
Your mother wants you to turn the television off and complete your homework.

Turn something on.
Start the energy or switch on.
It’s too dark in here. Let’s turn some lights on.

Work out.
I work out at the gym three times a week.

Work out.
Be successful.
Our plan worked out fine.

Sentences with Phrasal Verbs :

1. Will you switch the light off please?
2. We have to find the answer as a way out of this mess.
3. The policeman arrived at same time the thief when he was trying to enter the house.
4. Our boss has stopped trying to get us to agree.
5. Could you decrease the volume of the music while I’m on the phone?
6. I have to submit my assignment to the new Science teacher.
7. I’m sorry to refuse down your request for a new phone.
8. My old car has broken into pieces I’ll have to buy a new one.
9. It will be easier to read if you switch off the lights.
10. We all need help and make sure that this party is a success.

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