A challenge in the process of acquiring English consists in learning how to naturally use phrasal verbs. Using appropriately these semantic units will prove your good mastery of English.
- What is a phrasal verb?
A phrasal verb is a phrase combining several (two or three) words from different grammatical categories. Its meaning is however non-compositional, that is, it is not given by the meanings of its constituent parts taken in isolation, but must be taken as a whole.
They are generally used in spoken English and informal texts.
We will systematically deal with this challenge, which can prove captivating throughout the process of learning and using English.
- Types of phrasal verbs constructions
Basically, in terms of structure, there are identified three types of phrasal verbs.
- Prepositional phrasal verbs, consisting of a verb and a preposition. As a rule, they are transitive and non-separable, with the complement or object following the unit
The child doesn’t take after his parents. He is one-of-a-kind.
- Particle phrasal verbs, when the element is no longer a preposition, since it does not take an object. They can be transitive or intransitive. In the former case, they are separable.
I have thought all our arguments over and now I am happy to come up with a solution.
- Particle-prepositional phrasal verbs, in which case the verb combines both with a preposition and a particle
I look forward to meeting the man who has worked wonders upon your personality.
- List of phrasal verbs
For each of the categories described above, I have made up a list with the most frequently used phrasal verbs. Read more in the next posts.