Phrasal Verbs – Giving Information

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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 communication 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!


BASE ON – to be adapted from another thing or subject. (basear-se em)

This book is based on a true story.

BEGIN WITH – to deal with something for the first time. (começar com; por)

If you want to study languages, you should begin with English.

BRING UP – to start talking about it. (mencionar)

I told him not to bring up the fact that he had been in prison.

COME UP WITH – to think of or suggest a plan, idea or solution. (sugerir algo, ter uma ideia)

He came up with a great plan to save money.

CUT OUT – to remove. (tirar, remover)

I had to cut out the information from my text to make it shorter.

DEAL WITH – to discuss or explain a particular topic. (tratar de algum assunto)

These questions will be dealt with in the next chapter.

FILL IN – to give someone information or to complete some document with some information. (colocar alguém a par do assunto, preencher documentos)

I will fill you in after the meeting.

LEAVE OUT – not to include. (deixar de fora)

The violent scenes were left out of the film.

MOVE ON TO – to continue. (continuar)

You can move on with the lesson once you finish the exercises.

PUT FORWARD – to state or publish an idea so that people can consider and discuss it. (apresentar alguma ideia)

The theory was first put forward by American scientists.

REFER TO – to talk about something or someone. (referir)

The letter referred to some technical problems.

START OFF – to cause something to begin. (começar, dar início)

It was Terry who started off the argument.

SUM UP – to briefly describe the most important information. (resumir)

At the end of the discussion, he summed up and added a few points.

WRITE IN – to send a letter to an organization or write some information in the correct place. (escrever para alguma empresa, escrever no local correto)

Don’t forget to write in your name and address on the form.


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