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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 does "put on" mean in this context?

I'm watching "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" and there is a sentence I don't understand. The context is hard to provide because the sentence is one of the main character's random visions ...
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complaining to anyone who would listen OF the monstrous injustice

Most of this time Mr. Jones had spent sitting in the taproom of the Red Lion at Willingdon, complaining to anyone who would listen of the monstrous injustice he had suffered in being turned out of his ...
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"I'm moving (up) to the front of the bus" [closed]

"I'm moving to the front of the bus". vs. "I'm moving up to the front of the bus". Wonder whether there is any difference between the two sentences above. Can I say 'I'm moving ...
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"Move up, John, and let her sit down." (What's the meaning of 'up'?)

"Move up, John, and let her sit down." https://www.collinsdictionary.com/ko/dictionary/english/move-up What's the meaning of 'up' in the sentence above? The speaker presumes that somebody ...
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Using "be out" to say that the subject/person is present

I heard this "you were just out here". I looked up the meaning of "be out" and didn't find any phrasal verb indicating a special meaning. how would you interpret it? you were not ...
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Clarity on the use and meaning of kick in

I was reading this sentence from Phrasal Verbs Practice Tests ebook by Jacqueline Melvin, and the meaning of 'kick in' confused me a little. “We’re sorry to have to tell you John but your father has ...
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Spoken TO vs Spoken WITH

Is there any difference between these two sentences? I have spoken with many natives before. I have spoken to many natives before.
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Go to high school or go to high schools?

You usually say "Tom goes to high school", and you don't say "Tom goes to a high school" when you want to mean Tom is a student there, do you? How about when you want to mention ...
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take it (one step closer) to selling

Memphis Meats, which grows meat from animal cells, just got a huge endorsement from some big-named backers. That will take it one step closer to selling its product, but it's still a long way off from ...
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Difference between keep away and keep away from

1. He keeps away smoking. 2. He keeps away from smoking. This is a question given in option to choose only one sentence as correct sentence. It seems that both sentences are correct but in different ...
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Construction: "Is also to do."

This is a construction that lingered in the back of my mind for my entire life. But for me "is to do" does not mean "has to do" as in: "Surely this is also to do with ...
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The verbs "sift" and "sieve"

After washing rice in water I separate the rice from the water using a sieve. How to describe the action of separating using the verb "sift" or "sieve"? Maybe: I sift rice out of ...
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What kind of phrasal verbs could be inverted to make an inverted sentence?

I'm learning the inverted sentences in English, actually I'm a new hand to this. There are one or two examples of inverted sentences in which the inverted parts are its phrasal verbs in my book. Away ...
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The phrasal verb "go off"

If a sound goes off, does it mean the sound starts or the sound starts and lasts for some time? In other words, can I say "an alarm was going off all night"?
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"Work off" vs. "work off of"

I heard an American colleague say "This is a template you can work off of". The two prepositions sounded a bit odd to me one after the other, but I don't know if that is standard or "...
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Is this the correct definition for the phrase "go on" in this context?

I'm watching a show and one of the characters is shopping with his wife and a kid when he is approached by two police officers and asked to go to talk with them somewhere in private. His wife asks him ...
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"switch out the lights" vs "switch off the lights

In CNN, it used "switch out the lights." According to what I know, it should be "switch off the lights." I checked the subtitles to confirm I understood it correctly, and I'm right....
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"Right" in this phrasal verb

I have a question. There is a sentence: I gave her a candy and she spat it right out; she said it tasted bad. Does right in this sentence means immediately like in "I'll be right back"?
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I will look up to that or I will look up that

I was supposed to order a book on online for my friend, Since I was busy in my work, I didn’t have the time to check my friend reminded me to check, So I replied I will look up to that But she pointed ...
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The meaning of "On" in this phrasal verbs

I have a sentence: But when I pushed on the door, it swung open, and so we went on inside. I'm interested in the meaning of "on". I found explanations about what on can mean, and one of ...
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What is the meaning of "holding Up" in this context? [closed]

What is the meaning of "holding Up" in this context? This is the title of an article: 4 BED, 3 BATH, NO GARAGE DOOR: THE WOES HOLDING UP HOME BUILDING I'm having difficulty in understand ...
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Is this sentence correct - "She ended up reaching for the tissues."?

The full context is - She was watching a tragic movie and she ended up reaching for the tissues. "Reaching" goes after the phrasal verb "end up". In my research I saw that "...
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Is it possible to use the phrasal verb "stand out" as an adjective?

In the sentence "Tamara’s blue hair really makes her stand out", the phrasal verb "stand out" is used as an adjective, as I understood. In the following example from Oxford Learner'...
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what does "blow off" mean in the girl who blew off PJ

This is from Good Luck Charlie. PJ met a girl Emma at the park for the first time. PJ had a big crush on her. Emma gave him her phone number. Later, by accident, PJ brought home the baby who had been ...
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What does ''bringing it on back home'' mean?

I've come across this sentence, and I'm not sure the effect of 'on' here: Every smoker is an embodiment of Prometheus, stealing fire from gods and bringing it on back home. Without 'on', would it ...
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Should it be "lie low" in "Okay. I'll lay low for 24 hours"?

I've seen both versions: "lie low" and "lay low". I was wondering if "lay low" is the mistaken form of "lie low". For instance, Okay. I'll lay low for 24 hours....
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Charlie doesn't stand a chance [closed]

I'm watching Good Luck Charlie. Charlie is a newborn baby; she has three siblings. Mom has started to work at the hospital. But she feels very guilty. She said to dad, "What makes me think I can ...
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know better to do...two meanings?

Does it mean the following when you use the phrase know better than to do... used to express disappointment when someone makes a mistake which they probably shouldn't have. You know better than to ...
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Difference between "pull in", "pull up", and "pull over" a vehicle

What's the difference between "pull in", "pull up", and "pull over" when talking about driving a vehicle? I know they all mean "to stop" a vehicle, but is there ...
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What is the difference between milling around and milling about?

I have looked for the difference between these phrasal verbs in the Cambridge Dictionary, Collins, Merriam Webster, among others, and they all seem to indicate there is no difference between one and ...
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Can we put "reflexive pronoun" between phrasal verbs that are not reversible?

This question came to my mind when I used the phrasal verb "rely on" E.g. Could I possibly rely myself on you? I'm not interested in focusing whether the sentence sounds usual or not, but ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb "cut in" in context

I came across the following usage of cut in in the 6th episode of the 2nd season of "Narcos: Mexico": If we can weaken Felix without having to go back and cut in State, then I can live with ...
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I had a question about the meaning of 'bare' in a context

could someone tell me that what is the meaning of the word 'bare' and the phrasal verb 'divide over' in this sentence please? Here's the sentence: "Biden lays bare Nato divide over Russian ...
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What does the phrasal verb "hold up" mean in this context?

This context is from the movie "on The Waterfront" The people speaking talk about a boxing mach in which one was a contestant and the other a spectator in the audience. person 1. Man, he ...
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Do you say "get away with <somebody>"?

From Definition of get away with phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: get away with something ​1. to steal something and escape with it Thieves got away with computer ...
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Sentence Construction with put up

So yesterday I was driving my friend back to his home and he wasn't sure where we were. So I asked him "put up your address on Google maps" Now I am wondering if the sentence above is ...
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"I don't want to take any more of your time" vs. "I don't want to take up any more of your time"

Would you tell me which one of the following sentences is correct? Sir, I don't want to take any more of your time, so I'll just call you back when I get all the info. Sir, I don't want to take up ...
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Construction of phrasal verbs

I was thinking about how phrasal verbs are constructed. You take a verb and add a preposition to it. Like, Put off, Break up, Make out e.t.c. As a learner of English I kind of have to memorize them if ...
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Is it natural to use the phrase "run something by someone" in the sense of passing information on to someone?

Would you tell me if it is natural to use the phrase run something by someone in the sense of passing information on someone? For example: You can give the list of everything you want to buy and I'll ...
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"Go off of something" vs. "go from something"

Would you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between go off of something and go from something in the sense of making a decision based on something? For example: I'm not sure if the ...
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Is there any difference between "buy something from someone" and "buy something off someone"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between buy something from someone and buy something off someone? For example: I bought these off the wedding photographer. I've come across this in the ...
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Cut off a finger vs cut down a finger vs cut up a finger

Below is my take of the three phrasal verbs of cut: cut off a finger means your finger is separated from your hand as if by a kitchen knife while you prepare for dinner. cut up a finger means you’ve ...
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What is the phrasal verb that has similar meaning to 'unfriend'?

So I kind of remembered this phrasal verb cut + somebody + off, note that I'm not sure about the adverb particle, it's possibly either off or out or else I couldn't remember. Anyway I saw this when I ...
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What does pull out mean exactly in the context of a car?

“The two of them walked toward the road and the stone marker. Behind them, other cars were pulling out. A woman began screaming abruptly. Unconsciously, Garraty and McVries drew closer together. ...
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Can I say (have go this through)?

I saw this sentence from my friend's WhatsApp story. He's an English learner like me. This is the sentence by the way: Had I not been a jerk I would not have been going this through. I think, there'...
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Is there any difference between "come to one's place" and "come out to one's place"?

Could you tell me if there there is any difference between come to one's place and come out to one's place? For example: Is it OK with you if we have a technician come to your place and fix the stove....
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Is there any difference in meaning between "call a company back" and "call back in to a company"?

Could you tell me if there ss there any difference in meaning between call a company back and call back in to a company? For example: When you are providing a customer with a solution, make sure that ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "hire someone into the sales department"?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say hire someone into the sales department? For example: Kate has been hired into the sales department for her ability to connect with people. If it ...
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Is additional preposition required for phrasal verbs with double object?

Firstly, sorry for my ignorance. I am studying about phrasal and prepositional verbs in these days. My question is "Is additional preposition required for phrasal verbs with double object?". ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "leave off on something" meaning to stop discussing something at a particular point?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say leave off on something meaning to stop discussing something at a particular point? For example: In the last class we left off on what saturated ...
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