Phrasal verbs

Lányi Dorottya
 Phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs:
-a verb combined with an adverb or a preposition, or
sometimes both, to give a new meaning, for example go in
for, win over and see to
-in some cases the combination means almost the same as the verb
alone (wake up, sit down)
- Its meaning is usually quite different from the meaning of the
parts separately (look after =take care of, break down =stop
working, put off =postpone, put up with =tolerate
Phrasal verbs vs prepositional verbs according to
the position of the object
In the case of PHRASAL VERBS…
-Can be transitive (A transitive verb can be followed by an object.)and intransitive( An intransitive verb
cannot be followed by an object, e.g: He suddenly showed up. "show up" cannot take an object)
Prepositional verbs:
-Transitive verbs
 prep. verbs are inseparable
Phrasal-prepositional verbs
 Verb + adverb+ preposition
 E.g: get on with
He doesn’t get on with his wife.
-phrasal-prep. verb has direct object because they end
with a prep. Verb
• How to teach it? (tip)
Success Intermediate
 Unit 1 and 2
 Phrasal verbs are introduced through a text
 Ss have to match phrasal verbs with meanings
 The difference btw phrasal and prep. verbs is not
mentioned and not introduced
Phrasal or prep. verb or both?
1. Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
2. John is waiting for Mary.
3. Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the
Did you talk about me?
Our teacher broke the final project down into three
separate parts.
I believe in God.
I won’ t put up with your attitude.
He is looking after the dog.

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