, , ,

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs. Yuck. A phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition or adverb which creates a meaning different from the original verb. Basically, when some words are used together, they form a new “word” (they have a meaning that has NOTHING to do with the two words that are combined).

common phrasal verbs

UsingEnglish has a great way to practice common phrasal verbs>>

The verbs in the list below all have several different phrasal verbs associated with them. The number in brackets represents the number of phrasal verbs available containing that verb. Clicking on a verb will take you to a quiz of between 5 and 10 questions designed to test your understanding of the phrasal verbs in that group. If a group has more than 10 phrasal verbs in it a random selection of questions will be presented for that verb.



You basically have to treat these as “new” vocabulary. Train your brain to recognize them together and then pull up that meaning. See, right there! Pull up. Do you know the meaning of pull+up? Sadly, some phrasal verbs have more than one meaning 🙁 So context is also very important. If you google it, you will see this:

pull up

Does that exercise (shown in the picture) fit with my sentence? Train your brain to recognize them together and then pull up that meaning.

What do you think?

5 replies
  1. Sultan Shamm
    Sultan Shamm says:

    Hellllllllo 🙂
    I used to get really confused whenever someone uses these phrasal verbs in front of me…like how would two words together mean something entirely new …Lol
    I went thru the common phrasal verbs list u suggested ….found a lot of new useful stuff ..

    And answering your question ,iI believe the picture represent the right meaning for pull + up … doesn’t?

    Cheers 😉

    • Jessica
      Jessica says:

      Yes, the picture is of the exercise called a ‘pull up’. But it was not exactly the way I was intending the word to be perceived 🙂 See my comment below!

  2. Pavel
    Pavel says:

    Sure it does, otherwise people wouldn’t have come up with that phrase 🙂
    And it seems so obvious, especially when you know its meaning. Probably that’s the most interesting part of learning a new language – learning phrasal verbs and idioms and comparing them with ones you have in your native tongue. And as a result, using them naturally in your daily life..

    • Jessica
      Jessica says:

      The way I used the phrase was more so in an IT sort of manor… with the brain being the hard drive and I wanted to pull up some pictures(phrasal verbs) that are stored there.

  3. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    As I mentioned– phrasal verbs can have many different meanings. ‘Train your brain to recognize them together and then pull up that meaning.’ Pull+up means to bring something up/forward. In the photo we see the exercise called pull-up (noun). The man is PULLing his body UP over the bar

    Figuratively speaking, it means to bring up information. When I wrote that sentence I wasn’t even trying to use a phrasal verb. It just happened and I thought I would expand on it 🙂

    So, the answer is “NO” The picture is of a noun, not a verb.

    examples: It is raining, can you pull the car up to the front of the building. :: Can you pull up a map of Estonia on your computer?


Trackbacks & Pingbacks

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *