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Separable and Inseparable Phrasal Verbs

 
 

Phrasal Verb

Separable or Inseparable

Meaning

Ask out

Separable

To ask someone to go out on a date.

Bring about, bring on

Separable

To make something happen

Bring up

Separable

1) To raise children
2) To raise a topic

Call back

Separable

Return someone's telephone call

Call in

Separable

Ask someone into an official place or office

Call off

Separable

Cancel

Call on

Inseparable

1) Ask someone to do something
2) Visit

Call up

Separable

Call someone on the telephone

Catch up

Inseparable

To become equal or reach the same level

Check in, check into

Inseparable

Register at a hotel or travel counter

Check out

Inseparable

Leave a hotel

Check out of

Inseparable

Leave a hotel

Cheer up

Separable

Make someone happy

Clean up

Separable

Tidy, make clean

Come across

Inseparable

To find

Cross out

Separable

Eliminate

Cut out

Separable

Remove something or stop doing something annoying

Do over

Separable

Repeat

Drop by

Inseparable

Visit unexpectedly

Drop in

Inseparable

Visit unexpectedly

Drop off

Separable

Leave something somewhere

Drop out

Inseparable

Stop attending a class

Figure out

Separable

Understand

Fill out

Separable

Complete a form

Fill in

Separable

Complete spaces on a form

Get along with

Inseparable

Have a good relationship with

Get back from

1) Inseparable
2) Separable

1) Return from somewhere
2) Receive something originally lent to another person

Get in

Inseparable

Enter

Get off

Inseparable

Leave a bus, train, airplane

Get on

Inseparable

Enter a bus, train, airplane

Get out of

Inseparable

Leave a car

Get over

Inseparable

Recover

Get through

Inseparable

Survive

Get up

Inseparable

Stand up

Give back

Separable

Return

Give up

Separable

Stop trying

Go over

Inseparable

Review

Grow up

Inseparable

Become an adult

Hand in

Separable

Give an assignment or project to a teacher

Hang up

Separable

Replace the telephone in the receiver

Have on

Separable

Wear

Keep out

Separable

Not enter

Keep up with

Inseparable

Stay at the same level

Kick out

Separable

Ask to leave

Look after

Inseparable

Take care of

Look into

Inseparable

Investigate

Look out for

Inseparable

Watch for

Look over

Separable

Review

Look up

Separable

Try to find information

Make up

Separable

Invent

Pass away

Inseparable

Die

Pass out

1) Inseparable
2) Separable

1) Faint
2) Distribute

Pick up

Separable

Lift

Pick out

Separable

Choose

Point out

Separable

Identify

Put away

Separable

Put in the proper place

Put back

Separable

Return

Put off

Separable

Delay

Put on

Separable

Get dressed or dress someone

Put out

Separable

Extinguish

Put up with

Inseparable

Tolerate

Run into

Inseparable

Find or meet

Run across

Inseparable

Find or meet

Run out of

Inseparable

Come to the end of something

Show up

Inseparable

Appear

Show off

Separable

Demonstrate something of envy

Shut off

Separable

Stop something from running

Take after

Inseparable

Be like someone

Take off

Separable

Remove

Take out

Separable

1) Remove
2) Go on a date with someone

Take over

Separable

Take control

Take up

Inseparable

Begin

Tear down

Separable

Demolish or destroy

Tear up

Separable

Rip into pieces

Think over

Separable

Consider, ponder

Throw away

Separable

Discard

Throw out

Separable

Discard

Throw up

Inseparable

Vomit

Try on

Separable

Test

Turn down

Separable

Reduce

Turn in

Separable

Go to bed

Turn off

Separable

Stop a machine

Turn on

Separable

Start a machine

Turn out

Separable

Put out a light

Turn up

Separable

Increase