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The most frequently used phrasal verbs
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The most frequently used phrasal verbs and why we love them really.😍

Love them or hate them, phrasal verbs are here to stay, they are used in everyday language and also in Cambridge Exams, the higher the level, the more phrasal verbs there are.  Here at NikaTeacher, when we mention phrasal verbs in class, with either get eye rolling and groans, or a “yay”.  So, here is an overview of the most frequently used phrasal verbs, to ease you in….

Phrasal verbs consist of a verb e.g. GET, a particle e.g. ON, and sometimes a preposition WITH, Do you GET ON WITH your colleagues?😊 (Do you have a good relationship with your colleagues?) Sometimes the verb and the particle can be separated or split.  When there is no object the verb and the particle are never separated, I get up at 7am.  When there is an object in the sentence, the verb and the particle can be separated, turn (the TV) on, or turn on the TV.

Phrasal Verbs with GET

GET is probably the most common word in English, it’s used to replace become, buy or obtain, receive, bring and is also used with prepositions.  Here are a few of the most common phrasal verbs with get.

Get on and get off.  Get in and get out.  We say get on and get off a bus, train, boat, plane, bicycle, even a horse because we can stand up on all these forms of transport.  We use get in and get out for a car or taxi because we can’t physically stand up.😁

Get through to, meaning contact.  If you are trying to call somebody on the telephone and they don’t answer, you can’t get through (make contact). I called the bank but I couldn’t get through, they must be closed.

Get rid of, to throw something away.  “What do you do with your phone when it’s broken?” “I usually get rid of it”

Get over, to recover from something.  It took me a week to get over the flu. Jenny and Paul have split up (more on this one later), it took Jenny weeks to get over it.

Phrasal Verbs with UP

UP can mean to finish something, for example, drink up (finish your drink), clean up (finish the cleaning), heat up (make my soup hot) and grow up – easy yeah?

UP can also mean to divide, for example split up (see above about poor Jenny and Paul) or synonymous, break up.  Blow up (explode), cut up (cut into pieces). When your credit card has expired, cut it up.

And finally UP can mean to get better, e.g. cheer up (smile), do up (make improvements on your house) make up (make yourself more beautiful, brighten up (the weather has improved).😎

If you are studying English or taking an English exam here’s a great tip. The wonderful thing about phrasal verbs is they are always followed by a noun or a verb in gerund! 👌 I grew up speaking two languages.

Phrasal verbs with TAKE

Take off – everybody knows this, to leave the ground.  The flight took off at 6 o’clock.✈  BUT take off can also mean become popular, e.g. the new iPhone has really taken off – the sales have gone through the roof!

How do you know which means leave the ground and which means become popular, the answer is, the context of the sentence.  If you can imagine an IPhone flying, well…..? 📱🛫

Take up – to start a new hobby.  I have taken up yoga and I’ve really taken to it.  Take to – start to like something, see they are used all the time so it’s good to keep learning them.

Take after – to be the same as another person. “Do you take after your mum or your dad?” “ I take after my dad, he loves reading and so do I.”📚

Take back – to return something to the place that you bought it.  I didn’t like my new shoes, so I took them back.  Or allow someone to return – remember Jenny and Paul who split up, well, she took him back and now they are getting married!!💕  Yippeee

Take over – to gain control of something.  Facebook took over Whatsapp in 2014.  Anna is taking over Sue as manager.

So, just for you these are a few of the most common phrasal verbs used in the English Language, we have given you a few so that your brain doesn’t “blow up”. The best way to learn them is to keep practising, write them down in a sentence, or use them in conversation.  If there are any phrasal verbs you’ve heard or you don’t understand, let us know and we’ll help you with the meaning.  Enjoy!🤩



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