verb + preposition
As you can see and hear from the examples above, there are many different combinations of verbs and prepositions that you have to remember. This takes years of practice, but it’s worth the effort because these phrasal verbs are very common in American and British English.
Sometimes a single combination of a verb and a preposition might have several different meanings. An example of that is go + by. The video below will show you how these two words can be used together:
Here’s an exercise for you to try. Use the phrasal verbs listed below to complete each sentence or question. Notice that some of these are separated when they are used.
1. You should ________ the word _________ in the dictionary.
2. Excuse me. I need to ________ ________.
3. ________ _________ a lunch. You’ll be hungry later.
4. We can’t __________ this _________ any longer.
5. I’ll ________ this _________ with my supervisor.
6. What name do you ________ ________?
7. ________ your hat _________. It’s cold outside.
8. It’s not a good idea to ________ ________ the sun for too long.
The answers are below.
Did this lesson help you?
1. look….up; 2. get by; 3. Bring along; 4. put….off; 5. bring…up; 6. go by; 7. Put…on ; 8. look at