DRESS UP

to dress up – means to wear a costume or fancy dress (special clothes for an event such as carnival).   This phrasal verb dress up is followed by AS or IN. Examples:  What are you going to wear for Carnival?   I’m going to dress up as Spiderman. I’m going to dress up in a Spiderman costume. Another verb with …

TRUMP UP – PHRASAL VERB

  TRUMP UP – PHRASAL VERB to trump up – to invent something bad to cause problems for someone else / to lie or create a falsehood. Example: (1). In some communist countries, innocent people are put into prison on trumped up charges. (2). He trumped up an excuse so that we wouldn’t have to go to the party. CLICK …

PHRASAL VERBS WITH OUT

Using Phrasal Verbs or Multi-Word Verbs can be a tricky business. There are also so many, that learning them might seem like climbing a mountain. However, when you find out (discover) that many phrasal verbs have similar meanings, the list you need to learn gets a lot shorter. Organising PHRASAL VERBS into categories is a useful method as it will …

USING GO AS A PHRASAL VERB

Try to use Phrasal Verbs such as GO as much as possible. Native English speakers typically use plenty of Phrasal Verbs. This is especially true in speaking and conversation. This is just a short list of Phrasal Verbs with GO – there are many more. to go on (1) – to continue.  He never seems to get to the end …

USING TAKE AS A PHRASAL VERB

Use Phrasal Verbs such as TAKE as much as possible. Native English speakers typically use plenty of Phrasal Verbs in everyday conversational English.  This is just a short list of Phrasal Verbs with TAKE – there are many more. PHRASAL VERB TAKE to take up – to start learning or doing something new.  She took up dancing when she was just 3 …

USING LOOK AS A PHRASAL VERB

to look after someone or something – to take care of / to be responsible for.  I’m looking after my sister’s children while she’s on holiday. to look up to someone – to admire / to respect.  She thinks the world of her older brother.  She really looks up to him. to look around – to try to find something …

USING COME AS A PHRASAL VERB

come up with – to have an idea. He came up with a solution to the problem immediately. come around – to return to consciousness. He took a couple of minutes to come around after he fainted and knocked his head. come down with – to get sick. I think I’m coming down with a cold. come out – to …

PHRASAL VERBS WITH BACK

 Some phrasal verbs with back can be grouped together.  Look at the following: bring back / take back / put back go back / head back / drive back pay back / win back All the phrasal verbs above have a similar meaning.   Can you guess what it is? Answer: RETURN Check out the examples in context below: Bring / …

PHRASAL VERBS WITH UP

pick up pull up stand up go up take up bring up use up   INCREASING & IMPROVING back up bring up brush up COMPLETING & FINISHING check up clear up cover up