The Reasons Why Phrasal Verbs Are Important

A Phrasal Verb is a verb that consist of two parts. The first part is always a verb like give, go, come, get etc. and the second part is a preposition like in, on, up, down etc. This combination of a verb and a preposition creates a meaning which is completely different from that the original verb. Examples: un + into = meet eak + up = end a relationship look + down + on = think less of, consider inferio Phrasal verbs are so commonly used by native speakers that it’s impossible to sound like a native speaker without using them. Be it spoken, formal or informal written language, one just can’t get away without using phrasal verbs. As we all know – knowing something about a foreign language is of lesser importance than practicing it in day to day life. Take for example (in informal, casual conversation) if you know the meaning of phrasal verb- “pay for something” but instead of using the phrasal verb you chose one dictionary word “punish”, you are going to sound ridiculous, obsolete or extremely formal. Phrasal verbs have to be learned (and practiced regularly) because most of them are idiomatic, in other words you cannot deduce their meaning just by knowing the meaning of words they are made up of. Take the common phrasal verb ‘put’ and its different meanings. ask somebody out-invite on a date Sam asked Julie out for coffee. ask around-ask many people the same question I asked around but nobody has seen that place. add up to something-equal Your purchases add up to $109.58. ack something up-reverse You’ll have to back up your car so that I can get out. ack somebody up-support My wife backed me up over my decision to change my job. low up-explode The bike blew up after it crashed to the car. low something up-add ai We have to blow whistle up for attention. eak down-stop functioning (vehicle, machine) My bike broke down at the side of the road. eak down-get upset The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died. eak something down-divide into smaller parts Our teacher broke the group down into two separate parts. eak in-force entry to a building Somebody broke in last night and stole everything from home. eak into something-enter forcibly The firemen had to break into the room to save the people. Put down- to criticize My father puts down my mom even for no fault of he Put down- to write down I am putting down my thoughts on corruptions Put on- to get dressed I am going to put on a leather suit for John’s wedding. Put on- to gain I avoid eating oily food because I don’t want to put on weight. Put off- discourage We badly want to play football but this terrible weather put us off. Students who are learning English as a second language with the aim of gaining their First Certificate in English need to pay a lot of attention to the phrasal verbs. To master phrasal verbs is one of hardest but must do tasks.