Using English vocabulary Lesson eleven Phrasal verbs


Using English vocabulary
Lesson eleven
Phrasal verbs

A - What are phrasal verbs?

Phrasal verbs have two parts: a verb + a preposition
get up/on/over
I got up at 6.30 this morning. I'm tired now.
I hated my sister when I was young but now we get on very well.
He soon got over his cold. (= he got better quickly)
turn on/off/up/down
He always turns on the TV at 9 o'clock to watch the news.
It's a sunny day. Turn the light off.
Turn the TV up. I can't hear it.
Turn the TV down. It's too loud.
go on/off
Don't stop. Go on talking. It's very interesting.
A bomb went off in a London station today. Four people
are still in hospital.
put something on
It's cold and windy outside. Put your coat on. or Put on your coat.
come on
Come on! We're late.

B - One phrasal verb, different meanings

Note that one phrasal verb can often have different meanings.
turn down
She turned down the stereo. (= made it not so loud)
She turned down the invitation. (= refused it)
do up
She did up her coat(closed it with a zip)
She did up her flat. (painted it)
take off
Our plane takes off at 12.30. (= leaves the ground)
She took off her shoes. (= removed them from her feet

Tip: Make a special page in your notebook. Write down any phrasal verbs you see or

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