I was recently inspired by a very enthusiastic student who is determined to “get on top of” phrasal verbs…
So, what are phrasal verbs, you ask?
Thanks to Lexic.us a phrasal verb is defined as:
1. Noun. An English verb followed by one or more particles where the combination behaves as a syntactic and semantic unit. “`turn out‘ is a phrasal verb in the question `how many turned out to vote?’”
So now you may ask, how do native English speakers use phrasal verbs in everyday conversation?
We use phrasal verbs so much, we don’t even know when we are throwing them out there!
Take a typical conversation:
Boy: Hey there, girl! What‘s up?
Girl: Hey boy! Not a lot, I’m just hanging out here in the library, trying to pick up some some information for our history exam. It’s difficult and I am flat out trying to understand any of it.
Boy: Oh! I hear you. I had so much difficulty with the study I gave up, in the end and decided to look through some old comics instead. Then I came to the library to look for you.
Girl: I am happy you came. I was just about to throw it in for the afternoon, and head out for a coffee. Do you want to come with me?
Boy: Yeh, for sure. That would be great! We can always look through the notes tomorrow before the exam, and hopefully scrape through!
What are boy and girl talking about? Can you replace the phrasal verbs, with normal verbs?
I look forward to your replies…