Saturday, November 11, 2023

Intermediate Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is used to convey a different meaning from the original verb. Different phrasal verbs can have the exact same meaning. Some phrasal verbs have one meaning for objects and a different meaning for people.  Many phrasal verbs will have their meaning depending on the context in which it is being used.


run + into = meet

I ran into my brother at the movies last night. 

run + away = leave home

He ran away when he was 17. 

Some phrasal verbs are intransitive.  An object can not follow an intransitive verb.


show + up = appear

He suddenly showed up. "show up" cannot take an object

Some phrasal verbs are transitive and can be followed by an object.


made + up = fabricate

Fred made up the story. "story" is the object of "make up"

Some transitive phrasal verbs are separable and the object is placed between the verb and the preposition. 


talked + into = convince

Barry talked my mother into letting him borrow the car.

look + up = research or find

She looked the restaurant number up.

Some transitive phrasal verbs are inseparable and the object is placed after the preposition. 


ran + into = meet

I ran into an old girlfriend yesterday.

look + into = research or investigate

He is looking into the problem.

Some transitive phrasal verbs can take an object in both places. 


I looked the number up in the phone book.

I looked up the number in the phone book.

Specific Rule: you must put the object between the verb and the preposition if the object is a pronoun.


I looked it up in the phone book. correct

I looked up it in the phone book. Incorrect

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