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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The meaning of the phrasal verb “get on” in context

I have come across it in this video. It is at 6 minutes and 5 seconds. Still, there have been attempts to create circular and square smartphones, but as you can guess, they didn't get on. Does the ...
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That sky going to hold? Could you explain this sentence for me?

I was watching the movie called ‘Flight.’ In the movie scene, the fight attendant said to a pilot as soon as the pilot land on the plain, and said like ‘that sky gonna hold?’ I had searched on google ...
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What word or phrasal verb is used for describing the process of removing chalk from ones clothes with one's hands?

Let's say I someone accidentally leaned against a blackboard and got chalk stains on their clothes. What word or phrasal verb would you use to describe the process of removing the stains with one's ...
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What do you call the process of filling up an electric kettle and turning it on in one verb or phrasal verb?

What do you call the process of filling up an electric kettle and turning it on? Does set up fit the context? For example: Please set up the kettle. We need some hot water.
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What “find out” implies in this context?

The Times: last Sunday night I turned on the TV to find out what was happening in Libya Does this means that I turned on the TV intentionally to know what is happening in Libya because I heard ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “get at” in context

I found it in this article. Here it is: Cases like these give us reason to take the notion of a true self seriously. It’s tempting to say that what’s going on at the office party when you don’t ...
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What does “comes out” mean in that sentence?

In that sentence "In this situation... All that comes out is a sigh..." Does phrasal verb "comes out" (come out) mean exactly which of these definitions? 1. to stop being fixed somewhere. 2. to be ...
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How do you know that a Phrasal Verbs can be separate or not?

I am a new English learner and our teacher were talking about Phrasal Verbs, even though I am the most hard work kid in our class I still don't understand how to know a Phrasal Verb can be separate or ...
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The use of the phrasal verb “mess someone around” in context

Let's say there is a woman who wants to be in a relationship with a guy, but the guy isn't sure if he wants to be in a serious relationship with the woman. And because the uncertainty he has been ...
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Does 'turn around' mean 180° or 360°?

So as to rotate and face in the opposite direction. So it's what Lexico says on the meaning of the adverb 'around'. And yet, if we talk about, say, a woman showing her new dress, she would ...
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“talk something over” vs discuss

What is the difference between "talk over" and discuss? Let's discuss it. Let's talk it over. Could you please provide a case where you woul use one but not the other?
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'Come in' v. 'come on in' [duplicate]

When someone is giving permission to enter a room, why do they sometimes say 'come on in' instead of just 'come in'? What's the difference? What purpose does 'on' serve? Is it because the person ...
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Will meaning of the verb change if I replace 2 parts of the phrasal verb? [duplicate]

For example : cross something out - He crossed out this title or He crossed this title out. Is there difference between two these options or not ? Will common meaning of the word change ? ...
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turn around the book VS turn over the book

Turn around the book! You are reading it upside down. Turn over the book so that you can see the price. Are "turn around" and "turn over" used correctly in these contexts?
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Can I use “I'm taking off” for “I'm leaving now”?

I know people say "I'm gonna take off" often. But, can I also say "I'm taking off" as "I'm leaving now"? Last time I used "I'm taking off", my American friend told me this sounded not natural. I ...
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“Getting something down” in this context [duplicate]

I know getting something down has many different meanings in different contexts. I think I am familiar will most of them, if not all. What does it mean in this context? I told him where he ...
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What is the difference between “come up” and “come over” in the sense of physical motion?

What is the difference between come up and come over in the following contexts? One of the dishes I ordered was missing, so I asked the waiter to come up/come over. A police officer came up to/...
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get out your books

1) When we are in class, is it wrong to say "get out your books" to the students? Should it be "get your books out"? Is there a difference? Or should it be "take out your books / take your books out"? ...
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The use of “go through” in context

Is it correct to use go through in the sense passing something. For example: On my way home I will be going through the grocery store, so I can get you something. What I am trying to say is that I ...
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What is the difference between “check something for something” and “check something over for something”?

Is there any difference between check for and check over? For example: I have to check my essay for mistakes. I have to check my essay over mistakes. Does over imply greater carefulness in ...
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What is the difference between “end up in” and “end in”?

Is there any difference in meaning between end up in and end in? For example: My attempt to cook chicken ended up in a complete mess. My attempt to cook chicken ended in a complete mess.
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What is the difference between “go” and “go off” is the sense of happening?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. The job interview went well. The job interview went off well. I think there is a difference because why ...
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The use of “check” or “check on” in context

Tell me please if I need to use check or check on in the following context. I am not sure if the facts he cited are true, so I had better check/check on them. If both are correct there, then what ...
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What's the meaning of the phrasal verb “sped out”

As usual, I try to practice English grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills through some exercises. Today I've got stuck with the following phrasal verb "sped out" and after a Google search was not ...
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To go off of something meaning

I hear this a lot especially in group discussions when someone says, "Going off of [an earlier comment],[I want to say that]..." I've also heard "I want to bounce off of [another person's point and ...
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“Pull out a win”

Nevertheless, the Cubs felt giddy about pulling out the win. Anthony Rizzo described it as a season-defining moment. (source) This line sounds strange, even jarring, to me. To pull out of something ...
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Help me with “come into” collocations

I've just learned that the meaning of "come into" is : be important or relevant. However I don't get the following sentence: to come into a person's possession without having been paid for. Does ...
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Well vs Well up | Fill vs Fill up

As I find out some verbs in Oxford, well (up) and fill (up), has the particle given in round brackets, so... ...Is there a difference in meaning between the verb well and well up; fill and fill ...
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Took on the opportunity vs Took up the opportunity

What's the difference meaning between such expressions? I took on the opportunity to teach... I took up the opportunity to teach...
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'turn round' vs.'turn over'

What's the difference between 'turn round' to 'turn over' for the following contexts? Let's describe two scenarios in order to make my question properly understood: a) A patient stand in front ...
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“up to the waist” or “down to the waist”?

I know that a pair of pants goes up to the waist, but what about a shirt? Does it go down to the waist? That's would make sense to me, as pants slide up in the body and a shirt slides down in the body,...
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Is there a difference between “pile on” and “pile up”?

From the Cambridge Dictionary I got the following: Pile up: To increase in amount. The work was piling up, and I decided I had to go in to the office on the weekend. Pile on: to increase ...
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Constituency tests — is a phrase like this a constituent?

When we have a sentence with a strange syntactic position, how do we know if a phrase is a constituent? For example, "The two shortest of the books" Is [of the books] a constituent? I tried ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “give” and “give away”?

Is there any difference in meaning between give and give away. For example: The old man gave all his money to the people in need. The old man gave away all his money to the people in need. I ...
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Is natural to use the phrasal verb “check with” in the sense of “consult”?

Is it natural to use check with in the following sentence? If you don't know the meaning of words, check with dictionaries to find out.
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Is it natural to the phrase “stop with” in the sense of choosing something after consideration?

Is it natural to stop with in the following sentence? We were offered the car in a lot of colors, but We stopped with a red one.
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Meaning of “pass on”

I found on the free dictionary By Farlex this definition: Link pass on : accept or approve someone or something and they gave this example : The committee passed on the proposal, so work can now ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “hold over” in context

I have stumpled upon it in this video. It is at 37 seconds Here are three sunken lands that might hold you over until the fish people turn up. I have looked it up in a few dictionaries, but I ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “set out” in context

I have stumbled upon it in this article. The nationalists are unconvinced by Mr Zelensky's promises to safeguard Ukraine's interests and not to cross his "red lines", set out in an urgent news ...
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Is there any difference between “wipe” and “wipe down”?

Is there any difference between wipe and wipe down? For example: I am going to wipe the board, so write down what I have written. I am going to wipe down the board, so write down what I have ...
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Hold out for the audiobook

Someone that I admire and that has a solid background has written in a post in relation to a book: "hold out for the audiobook - trust me" I looked at the dictionary and it says: Hold out for. ...
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What's [happen to] in this?

I've always thought that [happen to] is the phrasal verb indicating chance, which can be replaced as [by chance] such as... I happen to have some money in my pocket. = I have some money in my pocket ...
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What does “take a nap between the snoozing lion and lamb” means?

This phrase is from the below paragraph in the book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky. The book has a number of personal roots. One is that, having had ...
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“curbing out cigarette smoking”

In this sentence "curbing out" reads strange. I can't find much on Google. It doesn't appear to have any meaning beyond "curbing", "inhibiting", and I am not sure the tag-along preposition "out" adds ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “turn around” in context

I stumbled upon this in this video. It is at 6 minutes and 16 seconds. The next type of akwardness is maybe one of the most common and this one that you want to turn around when you don't know what ...
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What does it mean by “my days-of-the-week underwear only go to Thursday” in this context?

Emily: Lorelai? I'm going shopping this afternoon. I thought I'd pick up a few things for Rory. Lor: I already took care of all that, mom. I got her two skirts and a bunch of tops. Emily: ...
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Why “Take something with [reflexive pronoun]” is incorrect?

People don't use bring/take/etc (If you know other similar verbs, please tell me) with reflexive pronouns. I heard that from one of my English teachers too. Why? As I know we need to use objective ...
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Is “draw in electricity/energy” idiomatic?

I googled "the contact draws in electricity" and found 0 result, yet it seems something you would read in an engineering paper or journal. I couldn't find anything. Is there a more idiomatic way of ...
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Why, speaking of a colonoscopy, does it say “they put it up your bottom” and not “they put it up through your bottom”?

This is a piece of dialogue about a colonoscopy from the series "Outnumbered" s03e03: — Yes, but how does it get inside your insides? — Well, they put it up your bottom. Why not "they put it ...
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“It goes to something” meaning

On a presidential debate analysis program on KCRW yesterday a guest gave his thoughts on Andrew Yang's sweepstakes pilot and labeled it a ploy. The host then followed by saying: I think it goes to ...