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Video: What Is a Phrasal Verb?

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Phrasal verbs have a main verb and a particle.

  • FIND + OUT

Phrasal verbs may look similar, but have different meanings. 

  • Come back = Return 
  • Come in = Be happening soon 
  • Come in = Enter

Particles common in phrasal verbs are:

OUT

  • Find out
  • Go out
  • Hang out

UP

  • Hang up
  • Call up
  • Come up

BACK

  • Go back
  • Give back
  • Take back

UP

  • Hang up
  • Call up
  • Come up

DOWN

  • Sit down
  • Put down
  • Take down

Phrasal verbs are common, especially in spoken English.

  • Hang out
  • Hand in
  • Go on
  • Make up

Find out the most common phrasal verbs at esl.umn.edu