Phrasal verbs
By Arundathie Abeysinghe
Lecturer in English
International Aviation Academy
SriLankan Airlines
Arundathie Ab...
What is a phrasal verb?
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A verb plus a preposition or adverb which
creates a meaning different from the original...
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Although many phrasal verbs can take an
object in both places, the object must be
placed between the verb and the
pr...
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Phrasal verbs are mainly used in spoken
English and informal texts
They should be avoided in academic writing
e.g....
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are many types of phrasal

verbs
Which take objects
Which don’t take objects
Transitive and intransitive phrasa...
Phrasal verbs which take objects
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Phrasal verbs which take objects can be
separable or inseparable
Separable phr...
Separable phrasal verbs
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Must be separated when a pronoun is used
I picked her up from school.
NOT I picked up her f...
Transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs
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Some phrasal verbs are transitive
A transitive verb always has an...
Three-word Phrasal Verbs
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Some verbs are followed by two prepositions or
adverbs
These phrasal verbs are alwa...
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you!

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Phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition or adverb which creates a meaning different from the original verb. Some phrasal verbs are intransitive. An intransitive verb cannot be followed by an object. Phrasal Verbs are also called multi-word or multi-part verbs.

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  1. 1. Phrasal verbs By Arundathie Abeysinghe Lecturer in English International Aviation Academy SriLankan Airlines Arundathie Abeysinghe 1
  2. 2. What is a phrasal verb?     A verb plus a preposition or adverb which creates a meaning different from the original verb Some phrasal verbs are intransitive An intransitive verb cannot be followed by an object Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word or multipart verbs) Arundathie Abeysinghe 2
  3. 3.   Although many phrasal verbs can take an object in both places, the object must be placed between the verb and the preposition, if the object is a pronoun Phrasal verbs are usually two-word phrases consisting of verb + adverb or verb + preposition Arundathie Abeysinghe 3
  4. 4.    Phrasal verbs are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts They should be avoided in academic writing e.g.to postpone - rather than to put off Arundathie Abeysinghe 4
  5. 5. There are many types of phrasal verbs Which take objects Which don’t take objects Transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs Three-word phrasal verbs Arundathie Abeysinghe 5
  6. 6. Phrasal verbs which take objects     Phrasal verbs which take objects can be separable or inseparable Separable phrasal verbs can remain together when using an object that is a noun or noun phrase e.g. I picked my son up. OR I picked up my son. Arundathie Abeysinghe 6
  7. 7. Separable phrasal verbs    Must be separated when a pronoun is used I picked her up from school. NOT I picked up her from school. Arundathie Abeysinghe 7
  8. 8. Transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs        Some phrasal verbs are transitive A transitive verb always has an object e.g.: He made up an excuse. 'Excuse' - the object of the verb Some phrasal verbs are intransitive An intransitive verb does not have an object e.g.: His jeep broke down. Arundathie Abeysinghe 8
  9. 9. Three-word Phrasal Verbs       Some verbs are followed by two prepositions or adverbs These phrasal verbs are always inseparable She is looking forward to meeting Monica. OR She is looking forward to meeting her. We didn't get on with our employer. OR We didn't get on with him. Arundathie Abeysinghe 9
  10. 10. Thank you! Arundathie Abeysinghe 10
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