PHRASAL VERBS – Studying & Learning

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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 Studying & Learning 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!

CATCH UP – to go as fast as, to compensate for time lost (alcançar, colocar em dia)


Once you become so behind with your studies, it’s hard to catch up.

CUT OUT – to remove by cutting it (cortar, remover)

I cut an article out of the newspaper.

DROP OUT  – to withdrawal from something (abandonar, deixar)


She dropped out of college in the first term.

FALL BEHIND – to fail to keep up (ficar para trás)

These students often fall behind with their reading.

FIND OUT – to learn, discover (ficar sabendo, descobrir)

I used the internet to find out about it.

GO OVER – to review in detail (examinar, estudar)

I’ll go over the main points of what the teacher said.

HAND IN – to submit (entregar)

Don’t forget to hand in your homework.

HAND OUT – to distribute (distribuir)

The teacher asked me to hand out the books.

LOOK AT – to exam visually, to direct attention to (olhar, obsevar)

I looked at your essay and I think it’s very good.

LOOK UP – to seek information (procurar por)


Nowadays you can look almost anything up on the internet.

MISS OUT – to be denied an opportunity (perder)

He missed out some important details in his report.

MIX UP – to mistake, to confuse (confundir, misturar)

I think I’m mixing up these subjects.

OPT FOR – to choose to do, to select (escolher, optar)

She opted for Law in college.

RELATE TO  – to be connected with (relacionar-se com, dizer respeito à)


I wanted to ask you a question related to this topic.

RUN THROUGH – to rehearse, to review (ensaiar, revisar, praticar)

Let’s go through it once again to make sure you don’t have any questions about it.

SIGN UP – to enrol, to register (inscrever-se, matricular-se)

He signed up to do a Masters degree after graduating from college.

TAKE IN – to understand, to absorb (absorver, aprender, entender)

I didn’t take in everything the teacher was saying.

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