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Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs with TELL

tell someone off: express unhappiness or disapproval with another person in a strong way

“I told my son off for lying to me about stealing the money.”

“I was really upset after my manager told me off for not including her in the meeting.”

tell on someone: report bad behavior (usually used by children)

“If you don’t do your homework, I’ll tell on you.”

Phrasal verbs with THROW

throw out/away = put something in the garbage or get rid of it

‘Canadians don’t throw out plastic containers; they recycle them.’

‘Did you throw away the leftovers from last night’s dinner? I wanted to eat them for dinner.’

‘I need to clean the fridge and throw out the old food. It smells terrible.’

throw out = remove someone from a place either by force or by law.

Phrasal Verbs with ASK

A phrasal verb is created with a verb + 1, 2, or 3 particles.

ask out = invite someone to go to a restaurant, movie, etc. (usually in a romantic way)

‘Adam finally asked me out to dinner! I am so excited.’

I’m sure Alison likes you, so just ask her out this weekend.’

ask for = say you want something

Phrasal verbs with GIVE

A phrasal verb is created with a verb + 1, 2, or 3 particles.

Unfortunately, there are no simple rules for phrasal verbs – you just have to think of each one as a unique verb, and memorize it!

give up = stop doing something

I want to lose weight, so I’m giving up chocolate.

give in = no longer try to stop yourself from doing something that you want to do

Phrasal verbs with GET

get by = survive

My husband is not working, so we have to get by on a small budget.

get over (something/someone) = feel better after some time

It takes a long time to get over your first love.

get ahead = improve / be more successful

James is working hard to get ahead in his career.

get away with (something) = not to get in trouble

Some phrasal verbs with FALL

fall for = develop romantic feelings

“I think Scott is falling for Ana. Does he know she has a boyfriend?”

fall flat = fail

“I tried to quit smoking, but I fell flat. It is so hard to stop!”

fall apart = not keep its shape / not work any longer

“My new boots fell apart within a month. I should have bought ones that were of better quality.”

Some phrasal verbs with RUN

run rampant = behave with no control/discipline

Jean’s kids run rampant whenever they come over. The have no manners.”

run scared = escape a situation you don’t want to be in / panic about something

“I bet Ted is running scared after his manager warned him about his poor performance.”

run short (of) = not have enough

“I’m going to run short of euros today. I should have exchanged more money.”

Phrasal Verbs with COME

come across = to find something unexpectedly

“I came across a great article on Peru. I’ll read it before I go.”

come through = do what you say you will /  fulfil a need

“The bank came through and gave me the car loan.”

come up with – create a plan / have an idea

“Our sales manager finally came up with a great way to increase revenue.”

Phrasal verbs with GIVE

give up = accept defeat / stop trying to do something

I gave up trying to get a promotion. They never consider me.

No matter how hard it is, you should never give up on a dream.

give in = accept or do something you don’t want to

Fred keeps asking for money, but I won’t give in. He never gives it back.

Some phrasal verbs with TALK

talk about = gossip about someone

“You have to stop talking about your colleagues behind their backs. It’s really unprofessional.”

“In my opinion, women like to talk about people more than men do.”

talk through = discuss a problem or idea

“Jane and Ted are talking through their marriage problems with a counselor.”

“I want to talk through my ideas for the launch party if you have time.”