Questions tagged [phrasal-verbs]

a combination of a lexical verb and one or two particles having the same form as prepositions or adverbs, employed as a single verb. The term is sometimes reserved for combinations in which the particle may follow the object of the verb and is not fronted with a WH- relative object.

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What is the meaning of “blunder down”?

What is the meaning of "blunder down" in the following sentence? Sam blundered down the steps. Does its meaning depend on sentences?
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“It was me who brought it (my puppy) up” or “It was me who brought up it”

I've heard people use "It was me who brought it (my puppy) up" all the time and never heard of anybody use "It was me who brought up it" because when using "object pronouns" with phrasal verbs, we ...
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'look along' the edges Vs 'look around' the edges

I'm staring at a computer screen, looking at the edges of the glass. I want to say: "I looked around the edges and the screen looked fine to me." Is it correct? The phrase, "looked around the ...
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Phrasal Verbs or Only the verbs?

Sometimes I see a Phrasal verb that its meaning is almost like of the verb that is in the Phrasal verb. For example: Now I'm sixteen and burning up a book Now I'm sixteen and I'm burning a book ...
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What does the phrase “go over or through their own body” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "go over or through their own body" in the following sentence: What makes the game challenging is that the birds can neither move backwards nor can ...
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What does the phrase “builds on the lore of the game” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "builds on the lore of the game" in the following sentence: It’s interesting to see how the community builds on the lore of game. The fans are ...
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Can “passed on” be an alternative for “passed since”?

I want to write the following for shortening and for translation accuracy from Do you know how many years have been passed since your existence? to Do you know how many years have been passed ...
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Difference between beat and beat out

I'm wondering what's the difference between beat and beat out?(if there's any) For example what would be the correct form of using beat in this sentence : 1.She beat her enemy 2.She beat out her enemy
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meaning: work out questions

I saw the following example sentence in a dictionary, and am wondering whether "work out" means "find the answers to" or "prepare." And if it does not mean "find the answers to" here, could it have ...
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What does the phrase “head down the rat's hole” mean here?

Here is a heading of a game app's description: "Head down the rat's hole" The game lets you live the life of a rat that lives in a beautiful village. The player interacts with the rat's friends and ...
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What time do you go [in for/at]?

What is the correct way of saying the sentence below? “What time do you go in for?” OR “What time do you go in at?” In context I mean like going into work. I asked my husband what time he had to ...
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What does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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<Get along>, <Compromise>, <Put up> and <Cope with>

I wonder which choice works in my sentence and which one doesn't and why? I never forget the time Sam fought the BBC's reporter when he offended Sam by saying those words! I think as a diplomat, he ...
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“Plugged in” or “Plugged in in”

Where's the charger? It's not plugged in in the usual place. Where's the charger? It's not plugged in the usual place. I'm a native English speaker, but I've realised I'm not sure which of the ...
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Go around doing something

As far as I understand, "going around doing something" means doing something again and again. I have two questions: a- Can this phrase be used with positive situations as in the sentence 3. Does it ...
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Difference between put up/ put on

I was looking for the meaning of "put up" and came across this explanation in a dictionary : " [put up something] to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something : For example :...
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What does the phrase “run on to” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a text describing a football match: You can play the ball along the floor for your winger to run on to. Any suggestions on the meaning of the phrase "to run on to" here?
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Does “Process up” exist in English?

I will leave her alone for now so that she can process things up. I think for a sentence like this one, "process up" makes a suitable fit. I assume it means "absorb", but I didn't find it used ...
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<Get beaten up> or <get beaten badly>

Beat up as a transitive verb means: "to give a severe beating to, etc." Example: I got beaten up by thugs on my way home. Also, Cambridge says: Beat up: to hurt someone badly by hitting or ...
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What does it mean when you say someone “got it all figured out”

I was watching the TED video Refusing to Settle, and the speaker mentioned a friend who had a great job and life, and said: "He got this amazing job at one of the top corporate firms, making well over ...
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Phrasal Verbs, how is it work?

Her hair peeked out under the brim. Why it is wrong if I leave out from that sentence? She walked along the bank Why it is wrong if I say "she walked on the bank"? As an English learner, what is ...
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Should I use agreed or agreed to

In the following sentence For Sri Lanka, Mr. Modi’s message is one of solidarity in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks and the communal violence that followed, as well as a ...
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To be seen in something

What does this phrase mean? Is it a phrasal verb? Saturn is seen in Leo.
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When you move towards someone or something

Editted: When someone comes up to you, they approach you while they are moving towards you. But what (phrasal) verb is used in an opposite case? For instance, you say: The small girl came up ...
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“Head to” vs. “head down to”. What is the difference?

I have a sentence in a book: During the summers, Noel and the children headed down to Boca Raton, Florida, where Elizabeth’s aunt and uncle owned a condo with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal ...
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Which expressions, verbs, vocabulary… Should I use in the writing for the B2?

I'm going to take an exam of the B2, and I wanted to know, what is the vocabulary, the expressions... Etc... That they want? Because all I can find in every website is "complex expressions... ...
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Why “coming up”? Why not simply “coming”?

I'd like to know the difference between the usage of coming up and coming. For example, the Pink's song says: "I'm coming up so you better get this party started". If someone removes the "up", would ...
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Put up a picture

I was wondering about when to use this phrasal verb ‘put up’ As far as I know, if someone says they’re putting up a picture, It means they’re displaying it on their wall, but could it mean they post ...
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“Put something into action” versus “put something into practice”

How do the following sentences differ in meaning: Put your promise into action. Put your promise into practice. Dictionaries' definitions are so close that I cannot tell these expressions ...
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“Best return on your money” vs “Best return for your money”

I am confused which preposition is correct in the statement: Best return on your money. or Best return for your money. ? Which do you think is correct? Please explain.
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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How do you carry out your task

I want to understand how to use the phrasal verb "carry out" So my question is, Can I ask How do you carry out your task? Which tools do you use? and can I ask: Do you still carry out your ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb draw up

Meaning of the phrasal verb draw up is to come to a halt and it is used the following way The train drew up at the station. He drew up his car outside my house. But I found a sentence in ...
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When you help someone escape from a place

The phrasal verb get somebody out means: "to help someone escape from or leave a place." I hvae heard get someone "away" is used in this sense too, but I couldn't find any reliable dictionary which ...
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“To lift something and carry” in this context

I just saw a sentence in a BBC English learning video: Did you carry the bike up with you? To mean: Lift the bike and carry. As a basic learner carry sth up seems to carry sth upward to me. Is ...
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How to find proper phrasal verbs or idioms for the sentence you're translating?

Let's assume you're translating a sentence. You can translate everything in English but sometimes there are idioms and phrasal verbs that you can use to make your sentnce more clear and compact. e.g., ...
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How do you use “scoop up”?

I am wondering if you can use the verbal phrase "scoop up" without clarifying what you are scooping up and just mentioning from what container you are scooping up. For example: She scooped up an ...
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“To be back to/at work”, which preposition is the correct one?

I am studying with the "Grammar in Use" (2019) by Murphy, going through phrasal verbs. I found this example at pag. 275. "My holidays are nearly over. Next week I´ll be back at work". Is it a mistake?...
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“investigate” or “investigating”

"This research was devoted to investigating the performance" I always use Investigate after "to" as a infinitive, however I have seen some text that used "investigating" instead of "investigate", ...
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Does the phrasal verb “show X around” need an indirect object?

I am not sure if the phrasal verb "show X around" needs an indirect object, X being a direct object. I am thinking you need to show a person around somewhere, but I am also thinking it might not be ...
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“Serve sth out VS ”Dish sth out"

Based on many dictionary definitions the nuance between the two phrasal verbs below is so subtle that I cannot tell them apart at all! For instance I'm not able to distingush the foollowing sentences ...
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“Guess something” or “guess at something”

I realize I don't know the difference between "guess something" and "guess at something". I really don't understand why anyone would use "guess at something" instead of "guess something"? 1- John ...
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“Get {something} through to {somebody}” vs. “Get {something} across to {somebody}”

How do these expressions differ? Does one of them sound more forceful to you? For instance, in the following sentence, does using each one make any change in meaning: What are you trying to get ...
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What's the difference between “walk someone over to” and “walk over to”

I heard that "walk someone over to" means accompany someone to a destination, but I am wondering "walk over to" means something, I want to say "walk a short distance to go talk to someone", but I am ...
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Should there be used two prepositions after a verb?

Now,I have an issue. There is the preposition "away" in English and the phrasal verb - be away. Which sentence below is correct - I am away the meeting I am away at the meeting ? SHOULD I use ...
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Phrasal verbs with “off”

Sometimes a phrasal verb has an object. If the object is a pronoun (it/them/me/him etc.), only one position is possible. We have to put the object beetween the verb and the preposition. For example: ...
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Is “plugging out” electronic devices an American expression?

Are these valid in American English as opposed to "unplug". Plug out the charger from the wall. I plugged out my TV. I found my radio plugged out. I started hanging out with some guys ...
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“State all the languages you can speak __”, the suitable preposition

I have slightly changed the sentence in the question title to be both short and clear. The actual sentence I'm asking about is: It would be nice of you to comfort that person in all the languages ...
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“burning” vs “burn out” vs “burn up”

My phone charger started burning up when I plugged it into the outlet. My phone charger started burning out when I plugged it into the outlet. My phone charger started burning when I ...
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Differences between “suck up” and “suck in”

I am not sure if we can use both phrasal verb to mean the same thing. I am thinking of using them as "swallow" or "gulp down". Is that semantically correct? For example: The black hole sucked up ...