When I teach my students at EF Englishtown, I offer a lot of help with phrasal verbs, which is one of the trickier aspects of English grammar. So that you can quickly have access to some common ones, I have made a list of them.
Remember, a phrasal verb has two or three parts. It always has a verb, and this verb is followed by a preposition or an adverb. Here is a list of some common phrasal verbs – remember to change the verb to match your tense.
|Call someone back||To return someone’s call||I will call her back.|
|Cheer up||To make someone happier||She cheered up after hearing the good news.|
|Get over||End or find a solution to||It took me a long time to get over the flu.|
|Hang on||Wait for a short time (informal)||Could you hang on for a second?|
|Look for||To try and find something||I am looking for my keys.|
|Run into||To meet unexpectedly||I ran into Steve at the store today.|
|Run into||To accidently bump into someone/something||I was walking to the office and ran into the bookshelf.|
|Run out of||Have none left of something||We ran out of money.|
|Switch on/off||Turn something on or off||I switched on the television.|
So here are some phrasal verbs to help you get started and hopefully help you to talk more like a native English speaker. Just remember to change the verb so that it is in the correct tense for your sentence!
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