Phrasal verbs are verbs
made of two or three words.
Get divorced from
The first word is the main
After the main verb is an adverb (split up =
dividir), or a preposition (deal with = tratar),
or both (get on with = obter com a). These
adverbs or prepositions are sometimes
called particles (partículas).
Phrasal verbs are very
common in English,
especially in spoken and
To find the meaning of
phrasal verbs, use a
Here are some common phrasal verbs
that we use to talk about relationships:
Ask (someone) out = convidar para sair;
Break up with (someone) = romper com, terminar com...;
Fall for (someone) = cair por, apaixonar-se por...;
Get on with (someone) = obter com; continuar com...;
Get over (someone, something) = superar, ‘dar a volta por cima’;
Go out with (someone) = sair com;
Let (someone) down = deixar pra baixo;
Some phrasal verbs are separable. This mean we
can put the object between the two parts of the
When the object is a pronoun or a person’s name, we put it between the two
parts of the phrasal verbs.
She doens’t wanna let him down. (Ela não quer deixá-lo pra baixo.)
She doesn’t wanna let Peter down. (Idem above)
NOT She doesn’t wanna let down him.
AND NOT USUALLY She doesn’t wanna let down Peter.
*When the object is a noun, we put it between the two parts of the phrasal verb or
after the particle.
She doesn’t wanna let the team down. OR She doesn’t wanna let down the team.