Phrasal Verbs 1 - English

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Separable Phrasal Verbs The object may come after the following phrasal verbs or it may separate the two parts: eg: "You have to do this paint job over." "You have to do over this paint job." When the object of the following phrasal verbs is a pronoun, the two parts of the phrasal verb must be separated: "You have to do it over." Set is based on : http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/phrasals.htm

blow up

explode
eg : The terrorists tried to blow up the railroad station

bring up

mention a topic
eg: My mother brought up that little matter of my prison record again.

bring up

raise children
eg: It isn't easy to bring up children nowadays.

call off

cancel
eg: They called off this afternoon's meeting

do over

repeat a job
eg: Do this homework over.

fill out

complete a form
eg: Fill out this application form and mail it in.

fill up

fill to capacity
eg: She filled up the grocery cart with free food

hand in

submit something (assignment)
eg: The students handed in their papers and left the room.

hang up

put something on hook or receiver
eg: She hung up the phone before she hung up her clothes.

hold up

delay
eg: I hate to hold up the meeting, but I have to go to the bathroom.

hold up (2)

rob
eg: Three masked gunmen held up the Security Bank this afternoon.

leave out

omit
eg:You left out the part about the police chase down Asylum Avenue.

look over

examine, check
eg: The lawyers looked over the papers carefully before questioning the witness. (They looked them over carefully.)

look up

search in a list
eg: You've misspelled this word again. You'd better look it up.

make up

invent a story or lie
eg: She knew she was in trouble, so she made up a story about going to the movies with her friends.

make out

hear, understand
eg: He was so far away, we really couldn't make out what he was saying.

pick out

choose
eg: There were three men in the line-up. She picked out the guy she thought had stolen her purse.

pick up

lift something off something else
eg: The crane picked up the entire house. (Watch them pick it up.)

point out

call attention to
eg: As we drove through Paris, Francoise pointed out the major historical sites.

put away

save or store
eg: We put away money for our retirement. She put away the cereal boxes.

put off

postpone We asked the boss to put off the meeting until tomorrow. (Please put it off for another day.)

put on

put clothing on the body I put on a sweater and a jacket. (I put them on quickly.)

put out

extinguish
eg: The firefighters put out the house fire before it could spread. (They put it out quickly.)

read over

peruse; look at written material
eg: I read over the homework, but couldn't make any sense of it.

set up

to arrange, begin
eg: My wife set up the living room exactly the way she wanted it. She set it up.

take down

make a written note
eg: These are your instructions. Write them down before you forget.

take off

remove clothing
eg: It was so hot that I had to take off my shirt.

talk over

discuss
eg: We have serious problems here. Let's talk them over like adults.

throw away

discard
eg: That's a lot of money! Don't just throw it away.

try on

put clothing on to see if it fits
eg: She tried on fifteen dresses before she found one she liked.

try out

test
eg: I tried out four cars before I could find one that pleased me.

turn down

lower volume
eg: Your radio is driving me crazy! Please turn it down.

turn down (2)

reject
eg: He applied for a promotion twice this year, but he was turned down both times.

turn up

raise the volume
eg: Grandpa couldn't hear, so he turned up his hearing aid.

turn off

switch off electricity
eg: We turned off the lights before anyone could see us.

turn off (2)

repulse
eg: It was a disgusting movie. It really turned me off.

turn on

switch on the electricity
eg: Turn on the CD player so we can dance.

use up

exhaust, use completely
eg: The gang members used up all the money and went out to rob some more banks.

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