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Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
Understanding phrasal verbs
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Understanding phrasal verbs

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  • 1. AVANZADO 1
  • 2.  Phrasal verbs are verbs that consist of a verb + a particle. Particles are also known as prepositions and adverbs. Here are the most common phrasal verb particles: - about, around, at away, back, down, for , in , into, off, on, out, over, through, to, up.
  • 3.  First, try to make out the meaning of the whole phrasal verb as a unit. For example: ◦ look ( = to use your eyes) ◦ look up ( the opposite of down) ◦ Phrasal verb: Look the word up in the dictionary = ( look up= search for information in a book/computer) 2. You need to know its grammar pattern by looking them up in a dictionary: ◦ Transitive = takes an object ( somebody=sb; something= sth) ◦ Intransitive= no object ◦ e.g.: bring back sth or bring sth back; look after sb/sth
  • 4.  The most common verbs that form part of phrasal verbs refer to actions and have concrete meaning: ◦ break, bring, call, come, cut, get, give, go, keep, knock, look, make, pass, pick, pull, put, run , set ,take, turn ◦ Concrete meanings: She got on the bus ( entered) ◦ Meanings  They often have an abstract/idiomatic meaning.  e.g.: Jim and Mary don’t get on . ( = don’t like each other)
  • 5.  Phrasal verbs can often be replaced by a single verb with more or less the same meaning. The single-verb synonym is often a more formal verb. E.g.: put off=(postpone) Take off= (remove) Turn up= (arrive)
  • 6.  In some phrasal verbs, the particles have a clear basic meaning:  e.g.: Jack invited me out = Let’s go out together. However, most paticles convey a different meaning of senses: ◦ Changing postition, e.g. in fall over ◦ An idea of thoroughness, e.g. read over ( read thoroughly), or talk over
  • 7.  With verbs that have an object: ◦ Sometimes it has to go before the object of the verb:  E.g.: I’m looking for my keys ( not: I’m looking my keys for) ◦ Sometimes it must go after the object:  E.g.: I have a lot of work on ( not: I have on a lot of work) ◦ Sometimes the particle may go either before or after the object:  E.g. The thunder woke up the children or The thunder woke the children up.  If the object is a pronoun, then the particle must go after it, e.g. The thunder woke them up ( not: The thunder woke up them)
  • 8. ◦ In English we often create nouns from verbs, e.g. to invite/ an invitation. It is also possible to create them from phrasal verbs. Here are some examples:  Tom: I got ripped off when I phoned that 0877 ( 092) number . The call cost five pounds a minute!( informal: I was charged too much)  Lily: Yes, those numbers are a big rip-off!  Mick: Her son dropped out of college last year. ( gave up his course)  Pat: There were a lot of dropouts that year. I wonder why?
  • 9.  Plural : we add –s to the particle, not the verb, e.g. dropouts, rip-offs. Verb+ particle nouns forms are sometimes written with a hyphen, e.g. break in, check- in, cover-up; and sometimes without, e.g. dropout, checkout, handout, leftovers Nouns with –in,-up usually have a hyphen, e.g. mix –up, put-down In pronunciation, the stress is on the verb, not the particle. A BREAK-in at the office, college DROPouts
  • 10. A break -in A College dropout
  • 11.  Some phrasal verbs have nouns where the particle comes first. The stress is on the particle. ◦ e.g. fall down----downfall- The economic crisis caused the downfall of the government. ◦ Look on---onlooker. Crowds of onlookers watched as the police arrested the mass.
  • 12.  There are also adjectives which are based on phrasal verbs. ◦ e.g. blocked-up drains ( drains where the water cannot flow properly).
  • 13.  MULTIPLE MEANINGS OF PHRASAL VERBS ◦ 1. He got on the bus ( entered) ◦ 2. Shh! I’m trying to get on with my work.( continue doing it) ◦ 3. Jim and Ian get on really well. ( like each other)
  • 14. They’re getting on the They get on wellbus
  • 15.  Sometimes the basic meanings of a phrasal verb and the additional meanings are clearly linked. This is because some additional meanings are based on a metaphor or image which is in connection with its literal or basic meaning. blow up a balloon blow up a building someones blows up- gets blown up
  • 16.  Phrasal verbs are typical of spoken English or informal writing, e.g. letters to friends and articles in popular journalism. One-word equivalents, or synonyms, are more formal.
  • 17. Blog exercises: http://cursodeingles-elena.blogspot.com.es/2012/03/unit-4-phrasal- verbs.html
  • 18. AVANZADO 1

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