Phrasal Verbs

It’s time to do some dancing and get down with some phrasal verbs! Phrasal verbs are short phrases, usually two words, that have a different meaning than how they translate literally. For example, to hang up the phone means to end a phone call. This is probably one of the most common phrasal verbs and it’s so important that we use the phrase hang up nearly every time we talk about a call that is ended, we don’t have another word or phrase for it! Native English speakers use them all of the time and often may not even recognize that they’re using phrasal verbs. If you don’t understand them, you may have a break down in communication. There are hundreds of phrasal verbs in English and like idioms they will need to be learned individually. They may also have multiple meanings depending on the context, so be careful! That may be intimidating, but don’t back out now. If you do, you can always come back here to try again. Practicing phrasal verbs is a great way to beef up your English if you are an advanced speaker. Even if you know most of them it’s always helpful to brush up on your skills. Can you figure out what they mean?

Phrasal Verbs

Match the phrasal verb with its definition.

 

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