Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs usually have two words (a verb + a particle). Particles are small words (about, over, on, in) that look like prepositions. Unlike prepositions, however, they give a different meaning to the verb they combine with.Look out! There’s a dog in the road!
Phrasal v
I looked out the window.
Verb + Prepositional Phrase

Phrasal verbs are often used instead of single-word verbs that express the same meaningcall off: cancel go over: review
find out: discover hand in: submit
get ahead: succeed talk over: discuss
give up: quit
adapted from Grammar Explorer 2

There are two types of phrasal verbs:Transitive and Intransitive

Transitive Phrasal Verbs

They are followed by a direct object (DO) and most of them are separable.We called off the party.
_____________ DO
We called the party off.

Intransitive Phrasal Verbs

They are not followed by a direct object and cannot be separable.Our car broke down.
Nancy showed up.

Transitive Phrasal Verbs: Separable and Inseparable

SeparableJack looked up the word.

Jack looked the word up.
He looked it up.
InseparableJill thought about the essay.
She thought about it.
X She thought the essay about.
X She thought it about.
adapted from Grammar Explorer 2

Worksheets for some common phrasal verbs

Worksheet 1*An activity for Phrasal Verbs ‘break’ and ‘get’
Worksheet 2*An activity for phrasal verbs ‘come’‘cut’give’ and ‘fall’.
Worksheet 3*An activity for phrasal verbs ‘put’, ‘stand’, ‘make’, ‘go’, ‘turn’, ‘run’ and
Worksheet 4*An activity for phrasal verbs ‘take’ and ‘look’
Worksheet 5*Mixed phrasal verbs
answer key included