Phrasal Verbs – Basic Actions

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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.



LOOK OUT / WATCH OUT – be careful

Look out! There’s a car coming!

WORK OUT – exercise

She works out at the gym three times a week.



COME ON – be quick, hurry

Come on! Everybody is waiting for you!

GO ON – continue

I’m sorry for interrupting you, go on please.

KEEP ON – continue

I asked them to be quiet but they kept on talking.

HOLD ON – wait

Can you hold on a minute?



TAKE OFF – leave the ground

The plane took off 20 minutes ago.

GO OFF – explode

The bomb went off and caused a lot of damage.



CLEAN UP – make it neat or clean

After the party, it took us two hours to clean up everything.

GIVE UP – stop trying

I know it’s difficult but I don’t give it up.

GROW UP – become an adult

What do you want to do when you grow up?

HURRY UP – to do something more quickly

Hurry up! We don’t have much time!

SPEAK UP – speak more loudly

I can’t hear you. Can you speak up, please?

WAKE UP – stop sleeping

I often wake up in the middle of the night.



SLOW DOWN – go more slowly

You’re driving too fast! Slow down!

BREAK DOWN – stop working (cars, machines, etc)

I was late because my car broke down.



GET ALONG – have a good relationship with someone

George doesn’t get along with his neighbors.



FALL OVER – lose your balance

I fell over because my shoes were too big for me.

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