Phrasal verbs (a verb and a preposition / prepositions combined to form a new expression) are
a large and very important area of English vocabulary which many students ignore. There are
a lot of them, and many phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning.
Below, on the left, you will see a list of many of the verbs which are used to make phrasal
verbs (the most commonly used ones are in bold). On the right you will see the prepositions
which can work with these verbs to form phrasal verbs. Use a dictionary to find out which
verb / preposition combinations are possible and complete the table at the bottom of the page.
You should try to build up a bank of the phrasal verbs which you are unfamiliar with and
which you think are important. On the next page, there is a record sheet which you can
photocopy as many times as you like, make a note of phrasal verbs on, and add to your files.
Don't forget that some phrasal verbs use more than one preposition (for example, We ran up against some problems)
|Verb||Prepositions which can be added to form phrasal verbs|