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GRAMMAR LIFTING September 8, 2008

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by Ecleia Fernandes




Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts. (The more formal a conversation or text, the less phrasal verbs are found.)

Phrasal verbs consist of a verb plus a particle (preposition, adverb). The particle can change the meaning of the verb completely, e.g.:

  • look up – consult a reference book (look a word up in a dictionary)
  • look for – seek (look for her ring)
  • look forward – anticipate with pleasure (look forward to meeting someone)

There are no rules that might explain how phrasal verbs are formed correctly – all you can do is look them up in a good dictionary and study their meanings. In our lists, you will find some frequently used phrasal verbs and their meanings.

Frequently Used Phrasal Verbs with:

Position of the Particle

The particle is placed either after the verb or after the object.


Write down the word. / Write the word down.

If the object is a pronoun, however, the particle has to be placed after the pronoun (object).


Write it down.

Exercises on Phrasal Verbs


Complete the sentences.

  1. Put your shoes _____________- it’s too cold to walk around barefoot.
  2. You must get _____________now or you will be late for school.
  3. Sit _________________, please. I’ll be with you in a minute.
  4. Could you write this word ________________for me, please?
  5. Don’t give ________________singing. You are very talented.
  6. Where is the fitting room? I’d like to try _________________these trousers.
  7. Have you tidied ____________________the kitchen, yet?
  8. My little sister woke me __________________in the middle of the night.
  9. Don’t put the vase there, it will fall __________________.
  10. Adam switched _________________his torch, so we could find our way home in the dark.



  1. ON
  2. UP
  3. DOWN
  4. DOWN
  5. UP
  6. ON
  7. UP
  8. UP
  9. DOWN
  10. ON


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