Phrasal Verbs

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Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and a preposition or an adverb. Sometimes they consist of three elements. Some phrasal verbs have a literal meaning. They can be easily understood. Phrasal verbs can also have a figurative or idiomatic meaning which makes them difficult to understand.

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Look up something (a word)

What does this word mean?
I don't know. I'll look it up.

Look after somebody (a baby)

Leave little Emma with me. I'll look after her while you're out.

Run out of something (milk)

It was a terrible journey - traffic jams all the way, and we nearly ran out of petrol.

Fall out with someone

I feel miserable because I fell out with my best friend at the weekend.

Get on well with somebody

My boss is a great guy. I get on very well with him.

Take off something

Come in and take off your coat!

Put on something

Put on something warm. It's cold today!

Get something out

There's some ice-cream in the freezer. Can you get it out?

Lie down

If you don't feel well, go and lie down.

Look at something

Look at the countryside. Isn't it beautiful?

Pay someone back

I'll lend you 20£. Pay me back when you can.

Look for something

I'm looking for my glasses. I can't find them anywhere.

Try something on

I like these jeans. Can I try them on?

Turn around

Those jeans look great! Turn around so I can see the back!

Pick something up

Don't drop litter on the floor! Pick it up!

Throw away something

Don't throw away the newspaper. I want to read it.

Turn something off

Why are all these lights on? Turn them off.

Turn down

Turn down that music! It's too loud!

Grow up

I grew up in Carpi

Take back

I'm going to take this jumper back to the shop. It's too big!

Go out with

Did you know that Chiara is going out with a Moldovan boy named Gabriele?

Look out

Look out! A car is going to hit you!

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