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Curso de Inglés Intermedio: Gramática Clase 19

Phrasal verbs: constructions and possibilities

Examples and different constructions with phrasal verbs and their use with object pronouns.
Let’s try to come up with as many ideas as possible to refer to activities and trips using the expressions we covered today.

Explanation: Phrasal Verbs are verbs made up of two words, usually a verb and an adverb particle.
These expressions usually have a different meaning than the one from the main verb.

Common Adverb Particles
Adv Particles are the little words that go with a normal verb. The most common adverb particles used to form phrasal verbs are: around, at, away, down, in, off, on, out, over, round, up:

Eg: bring in, go around, look up, put away and take off

Separable Phrasal Verbs
One characteristics of phrasal verbs is that they can be separated. Regardless if a phrasal verb is transitive or intransitive some of them can be separated.

  • Can you please turn off the lights?
  • Can you please turn the light off?
  • Can you please turn them off?
Non Separable Phrasal Verbs
When a phrasal verb cannot be separated we need to use the complete expression and then the object.
  • Tomorrow I have to look after my little brother.
  • Tomorrow I have to look after him
  • Tomorrow I have to look my little brother after.