Can I use other verb forms of any phrasal verbs?

For an instance, Can the phrasal verb give in be use used as gave in, giving in, will give in and so?

  • Yes, because "give" + "in" do not form a verb. It is only the lexeme "give" that is a verb. "In" is a preposition, a separate constituent at word level. In fact, the term 'phrasal verb' is a misnomer and best replaced with the term "verbal idiom". – BillJ May 10 '18 at 15:52
  • It would be better to include a couple of examples using give in as a phrasal verb. Then it should be possible to see if the substitutions carry the same meaning. – user3169 May 11 '18 at 2:29

They can. Why would you think that they cannot be inflected? Given the importance of verb inflections to convey differences in meaning in English, a verb that cannot be inflected would be of very limited use.

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  • I am a learner, I haven't been seeing phrasal verb in any other forms in any of the movies or serials till now. That is why I am confused. – Butterfly May 10 '18 at 14:03
  • It is very easy to google "gave up" or "giving up" and find lots of examples. – James K May 10 '18 at 16:19

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