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Phrasal Verbs List and How to Learn Them Easily (Free PDF)


How Phrasal Verbs Work and How to Learn Them

Phrasal verbs aren’t random. However, often English course books present them in a completely random way which makes them very difficult to learn.  Don’t try to learn “Phrasal verbs with take” or “Phrasal verbs with get” or “Phrasal verbs with go”. I used to teach them like this. It’s a waste of time!

To understand them, you have to understand the little words – we call them particles. The most frequently used are up/down, in/out, on/off and back/away.

Little kids learn this words very early. My students are 16 years old. We practice these words all the time!

We take a car and pick it UP and put it DOWN. Up, down, up, down, up, down. We sit ON the stool and get OFF the stool. ON and OFF. On, off, on off, on, off. We sit by the toy box and put the blocks IN and take them OUT. In, out, in, out. These directional meanings are in GROUP 1.

Each particle also has some special meanings. You can find these in GROUP 2.

Sometimes we use the directional meaning in a metaphorical way. These are in GROUP 3.

Some phrasal verbs really are random. These are in GROUP 4.

There are some other directions that we use less often, including after, through, over, across, around, past, together and apart. You can find these in GROUP 5.

Phrasal Verbs List

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  Phrasal Verbs PDF

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Esteban A.

Great!! Good for revision time!!!


This is a very interesting and intelligent approach to teaching phrasal verbs – which are something English-learners have to contend with all their lives! So it’s important to give them a systematic or conceptual or intuitive approach to them, as this attempts to do.

Genene Bekele

Awesome Conversation English-speaking. Thanks!

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why cant I find verbs+ adverb phrasal verbs????? can someone please help me



Rachi Alphany

Tanks fo’ yo’ love I’ve picked up buncha stuff on this website. ‘‘‘Tis a great one.

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