Phrasal Verbs: Relationships, Habits, & Debate
Study phrasal verbs to speak about relationships, habits, and debate. Learning English phrasal verbs is very important for all English language learners. Phrasal verbs are used in conversation as well as in writing. Improve your English by learning the phrasal verbs in this free English lesson. Make sure to download the free pdf!
Let’s study English phrasal verbs!
to take action
If you have a gut instinct, you should act on it.
Cut back/down on
to restrict consumption
Sally needs to cut back on butter.
Hugh’s apartment is decked out in chic furniture.
to slowly end
The party died down around midnight.
Do away with
to put an end to, remove
The government wants to do away with the penny.
to gradually acclimate
Don’t just start a new diet, you should ease into it.
to break down
My parents’ marriage fell apart when I was a toddler.
to get serious
Sam needs to knuckle down and burn those calories.
Look up to
Larry looks up to Denis.
to exert masculine power
Man up and do what you promised me!
Measure up (to)
to compare to
Oscar finds it difficult to measure up to his track star brother.
to not be serious, to joke
When he turned 29, Jim stopped messing around and got married.
My wife always has to cook dinner because I can mess up the simplest meals.
to fall asleep
As the jet landed in Kyoto, I finally nodded off.
Conservatives rally around gun rights.
Tammy Wynette said you have to stand by your man.
The train is approaching the station, please stand by.
I wore my shoes out. They have holes in them!
to expose to fresh air
That quilt is rank, Mark! Go air it out.
You can stand me up at the gates of hell and I won’t back down.
to stop being involved
Michelle’s ex-husband needs to back off.
to explode, to detonate
The lit cigarette made the lawnmower blow up.
to invest, to believe
Why do so many celebrities buy into scientology?
Stephan’s online-poker habit is cutting into his work.
It just dawned on me that I can’t go to the Keys this weekend, I forgot that I have a wedding to attend.
to end a phone call
When telemarketers call me, I just hang up.
to allow someone to finish talking
If you just hear him out, we might make some cash.
The debate around gun control is really heating up.
I don’t know much about that, but I’ll look into it.
Run out of
to use all of something
We always run out of coffee on Sunday evening.
The “v sign” stands for peace.
Stand up to
Whatever you do, don’t stand up to the police!
to persuade somebody to do something
Somehow, she talked me into working Saturday.
Talk out of
to persuade somebody not to do something
His family talked him out of joining the Peace Corps.
Todd and Mary worked out their problems.
The phrasal verbs with an asterisk (*) are inseparable.
When the direct object is a pronoun, it must be placed in the middle of a two-word phrasal verb.
Example: Jane put them away. NOT: Jane put away them.
I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs. Now, it’s your turn. Use the comment box below and try making sentences using one or some of these prhasal verbs.
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