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
eg : The terrorists tried to blow up the railroad station
mention a topic
eg: My mother brought up that little matter of my prison record again.
eg: It isn't easy to bring up children nowadays.
eg: They called off this afternoon's meeting
repeat a job
eg: Do this homework over.
complete a form
eg: Fill out this application form and mail it in.
fill to capacity
eg: She filled up the grocery cart with free food
submit something (assignment)
eg: The students handed in their papers and left the room.
put something on hook or receiver
eg: She hung up the phone before she hung up her clothes.
eg: I hate to hold up the meeting, but I have to go to the bathroom.
hold up (2)
eg: Three masked gunmen held up the Security Bank this afternoon.
eg:You left out the part about the police chase down Asylum Avenue.
eg: The lawyers looked over the papers carefully before questioning the witness. (They looked them over carefully.)
search in a list
eg: You've misspelled this word again. You'd better look it 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.
eg: He was so far away, we really couldn't make out what he was saying.
eg: There were three men in the line-up. She picked out the guy she thought had stolen her purse.
lift something off something else
eg: The crane picked up the entire house. (Watch them pick it up.)
call attention to
eg: As we drove through Paris, Francoise pointed out the major historical sites.
save or store
eg: We put away money for our retirement. She put away the cereal boxes.
postpone We asked the boss to put off the meeting until tomorrow. (Please put it off for another day.)
put clothing on the body I put on a sweater and a jacket. (I put them on quickly.)
eg: The firefighters put out the house fire before it could spread. (They put it out quickly.)
peruse; look at written material
eg: I read over the homework, but couldn't make any sense of it.
to arrange, begin
eg: My wife set up the living room exactly the way she wanted it. She set it up.
make a written note
eg: These are your instructions. Write them down before you forget.
eg: It was so hot that I had to take off my shirt.
eg: We have serious problems here. Let's talk them over like adults.
eg: That's a lot of money! Don't just throw it away.
put clothing on to see if it fits
eg: She tried on fifteen dresses before she found one she liked.
eg: I tried out four cars before I could find one that pleased me.
eg: Your radio is driving me crazy! Please turn it down.
turn down (2)
eg: He applied for a promotion twice this year, but he was turned down both times.
raise the volume
eg: Grandpa couldn't hear, so he turned up his hearing aid.
switch off electricity
eg: We turned off the lights before anyone could see us.
turn off (2)
eg: It was a disgusting movie. It really turned me off.
switch on the electricity
eg: Turn on the CD player so we can dance.
exhaust, use completely
eg: The gang members used up all the money and went out to rob some more banks.