Từ Điển Phrasal Verb Oxford Online

In this lesson, you can learn about English phrasal verbs. You’ll see useful tips lớn help you khổng lồ understand và use English phrasal verbs.

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Phrasal verbs are used all the time in English communication. Do you know what ‘pick up’ means? Or how to use ‘cut down’ in a sentence? This lesson will help with these phrasal verbs & more!


Test your knowledge of the vocabulary and ideas you saw in this lesson!

In some of the questions, you need to write a phrasal verb which you saw during the lesson. There are also some multiple-choice questions about phrasal verbs that were not mentioned in the lesson.

The quiz has 20 questions in total, and you’ll see your score at the end, when you can click ‘View Questions’ khổng lồ see all the correct answers.


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Let’s look at another example. Here are three sentences:

He sent out hundreds of job applications.They handed out immigration forms before we landed.The teacher gave out the worksheets.

These sentences contain phrasal verbs with the preposition out. Can you see what connects them?

These three phrasal verbs: send out, hand out and give out all have the idea of ‘to many people at one time.’

If he sent out hundreds of job applications, then he sent many job applications, lớn many different people, all at one time.

If the teacher gave out the worksheets, then she gave out many worksheets lớn many students at one time.

Again, you can see how one preposition can have a similar meaning in different phrasal verbs.

Learning more about prepositions and how they’re used in phrasal verbs can help you lớn make connections like these và remember phrasal verbs more easily!

Let’s see one more practical tip to help you learn and remember English phrasal verbs.

4. How khổng lồ Remember Phrasal Verbs by Using Context

So far, you’ve seen that:

The meaning of a phrasal verb often has no connection lớn the meaning of the words which it’s made of.Phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning.Using phrasal verbs correctly depends heavily on register, not just on meaning.

Why are these things important for remembering phrasal verbs?

They’re important because it’s very hard to learn and remember phrasal verbs without context.

For example, if you learn vocabulary by writing down the translation in your language, & then trying to lớn memorise the translation, you’ll have big problems remembering & using phrasal verbs.

Actually, this is true for all vocabulary learning, but it’s especially true with phrasal verbs.

You’ll kết thúc up with a menu of verbs that look very similar lớn you: look up, look up to, look down on, look through, look around, look after… It’s too hard!

So, practice good vocabulary learning habits with phrasal verbs.

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Make sure you learn phrasal verbs in full sentences.

If possible, the sentences should mean something to you. Try to lớn take example sentences from things you read or heard which were interesting for you.

You could even take examples from conversations you had in English, so long as you’re confident you can remember the sentences correctly.

Let’s practice; here are three phrasal verbs from this lesson:

come alonghead offpop out

Can you make an example sentence with each verb? Try khổng lồ make something relevant lớn you and your life.

Do it now; pause the video, and write down your three sentences.

Ready? Here are some suggestions. Of course, your sentences will be different. That’s fine.

However, if you’re not sure that your sentences are correct, it’s important to check. Ask a friend or a teacher. Otherwise, you’ll learn the words wrong.

Here are our suggested sentences:

Do you want lớn come along khổng lồ the cinema tonight?It’s getting late, so I think I’ll head off.I think she’s popped out khổng lồ get something for lunch.

Now, you have your example sentences, và hopefully you’ve checked that they’re correct. What next?

Use a digital flashcard tiện ích such as Quizlet, or Anki. Put your sentences in as questions with the phrasal verbs replaced with gaps. For example:

Do you want khổng lồ c— —– to the cinema tonight?It’s getting late, so I think I’ll h–d —.I think she’s —— — to lớn get something for lunch.

You can make the questions easier or more difficult by removing fewer or more letters.

If you haven’t used Quizlet, Anki or anything lượt thích that before, then we recommend checking them out. Here are some links: Quizlet, Anki.

Also, we highly recommend making more than one card for each verb. For example:

pop outI think she’s —— — lớn get something for lunch.I’m just p-pp— — for a cigarette.He’ll be back in a minute. He’s just —— –t for a walk.

Again, you can make some cards easier và some cards more difficult.

Review your cards regularly, và you’ll find it easy to lớn remember English phrasal verbs, because you’ll be learning them in context.