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Phrasal verbs

Study these two sentences:

He ran out of the shop
He ran out of ideas

In the first sentence, the meaning is clear - What did he do?  He ran.   Where did he run?  Out.

In the second sentence, 'ran out' is a single verb, meaning ' he didn't have any more'.   'Out' is not the opposite of 'in'.   It is not used literally - you can't run out of a cigarette!   Verbs used like this are called phrasal verbs.

Here is another example;

She's so fat, it's difficult to get by her.   (Literal)
They don't have much money, but they get by.   (Phrasal - it means 'they manage to live')

 

Here are some sentences.   If you think the verb is a phrasal verb, click on 'true'.

1. His parents brought him up in Russia   True False

2. "Did you pick up the book from the library?"  True False

3. "Bring the letter up to my office, will you?"  True False

4. The best way to pick up English is by living in England.  True False

5. "Put it up on the wall, please."  True False

6. "Take down that awful picture."   True False

7. "Come round to my house tomorrow"  True False

8. I'll just run down to the Post Office  True False

9.  He's so drunk he won't come round till tomorrow  True False

10. She came across to talk to me  True False