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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Phrasal Verbs



A phrasal verb is a verb followed by one or two prepositions.


My mother often looks after the children while I'm at work.


Phrasal verbs:

  • always follow the pattern verb + preposition (+ preposition).
  • usually have an idiomatic meaning (the meaning of the phrasal verb is not connected to the individual meanings of the verb or preposition).
  • use "not" before the verb in negative sentences.
  • can be separable or inseparable.
  • have the object between the verb and the preposition if they are separable.
  • have the object after the verb and the preposition if they are inseparable.
  • are also called two-word verbs or three-word verbs.

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Separable and Inseparable Phrasal Verbs