English Language Learning Tips

A phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of a main verb together with an adverb or a preposition or both. Phrasal verbs are normally used in speaking and informal texts. Many students find it very difficult to understand the meaning of phrasal verbs because they create a meaning that is different the meaning of the individual words themselves.

The best way to learn phrasal verbs is through practice, so to help you we have selected 10 of the most common:

1. I want to give up smoking.
To give up something means to stop trying to do something

2. I hate cleaning! I always put off doing the housework until it has to be done.
To put off means to delay a task or obligation

3. You should check out that new restaurant that has just opened in Valletta.
To check out something means to take a look at something you have never seen before.

4. The football match kicked off at 3pm.
To kick off means to start/begin.

5. I had to look after my mother when she was ill.
To look after means to take care of someone or something

6. I never got on with my brother when we were young but I do now we’re older.
To get on with means to have a friendly relationship with someone.

7. I have just got over the flu and now my sister has it.
To get over means to recover from an illness, loss or difficulty.

8. When Thomas grows up he wants to be a fireman.
To grow up means to become an adult.

9. I ran out of shampoo so had to wash my hair with soap
To run out of means to have none left.

10. You will lose weight if you stick to your diet
To stick to means to continue doing something, limit yourself to one particular thing.