Phrasal Verbs – Movement and change

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Hi, everyone!

Here is another post about phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb and another element, typically an adverb or a preposition, or a combination of both. They are widely used by native speakers of English so it’s a good idea to try to learn some of them.

We’ll see some of the basic phrasal verbs to describe movement and change in this post. I’m sure you’ve already heard some or maybe all of them and will be able to understand the meaning by the context, so here we go!


BRING UP – to raise a child. (criar)

I was brought up by my grandparents.

COME ALONG – to move towards you ; to happen or exist ; to make a progress. (acompanhar, aparecer, progredir)

They are coming along behind us.

This was the greatest invention that came along in the 1980’s.

The arrangements are coming along nicely.

COME BACK – to return. (voltar)

I’ve just come back from vacation.

COME DOWN – to move from a higher position to a lower one. (descer)

We met when they were coming down the hill.

COME IN – to enter a room or building. (entrar)

She came in and sat on the bed.

COME OFF – to leave. (sair)

My mom washed my clothes by hand and the stain came off my pants.

COME OUT – to leave. (sair)

I saw when he came out of the room.

COME THROUGH – to overcome. (superar)

It was a difficult situation, but she came through.

COME UP – to move to a higher position ; suggest. (subir ; sugerir)

I could hear him coming up the stairs.

We came up with a plan.

GET BACK – to return. (voltar)

What time do you get back from work?

GO OVER – to move towards someone. (dirigir-se a alguém)

I went over to congratulate the parents.

GROW UP – to change into being an adult. (crescer)

I grew up in New York.

LEAVE BEHIND – when you don’t take something with you. (deixar para trás)

The box didn’t fit in the car, so we left it behind.

MOVE IN – to begin to live in a house or place. (mudar-se)

I’m moving in on Saturday.

RUN DOWN – to run from an upper place to a lower place. (descer correndo)

I ran down the stairs.

START OUT – to begin something. (começar)

He started out his career as a lawyer at his father’s law office.



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