Don’t think of Phrasal verbs as merely a list of words that you should memorize. No one’s going to quiz you on them! Try to get a general sense of the meanings and try to identify them when you hear them in conversations. And slowly, try to incorporate them when you speak in English. This language immersion approach to learning English will allow you to add these phrasal verbs permanantly in to your vocabulary.
The list below explains 10 common phrasal verbs ESL students must know. See how many of these you know.
To stop or cancel something. For example, “We will call off the wedding if we can’t agree on the details”.
To concede defeat, in relation to people or activities. For example, “Jack was tired of arguing with Jill so he eventually said “I give in” and that ended the argument”.
Can be used literally, i.e. maintaining the same pace as something or figuratively, i.e. maintaining adequate knowledge about something. For example, “Keep up or you’ll get lost in the crowd” or “As the head science teacher Mr Brown must keep up with the latest scientific research”.
Admire and respect a person. For example, “John looks up to his uncle and regularly asks for his opinion and advice”.
To help or give assistance. For example, “I’ll chip in so that the kitchen can be cleaned quicker” or “If everyone chips in the project will be easier to complete.”
Finding a solution to a problem or familiarising yourself with a new concept. For example “Jane is working out how to use all the features on her new mobile phone”.
To research information about a topic. For example, “I need to look up that word, I don’t understand it” or “I need to look up how to get to Smith Street because I’ve never been then before”
To have a good relationship with someone. For example, “I get along with my neighbour; we talk to each other every day”.
To develop, change or mature; either physically or mentally. For example, “Peter has grown into his role at work, he is a lot more confident” or “The baby has grown into her winter coat, it used to be much too large for her”.
To start something, can aslo suggest giving permission. For example, “I’m going to go ahead and cook dinner” or “The boss gave the go ahead on Peter’s big project”.
Phrasal verbs are an important part of the English language and understanding them will help English language learners communicate as native speakers. Are you ready to learn Phrasal Verbs today?