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    When do we use

    When do we use phrases in English language? I'd like to know when we use the phrases in English language. For example make up, put in ...

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    Re: When do we use

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    When do we use phrases in English language? I'd like to know when we use the phrases in English language. For example make up, put in ...
    What you are talking about are called "phrasal verbs", not "phrases". A "phrase" is simply a string of words together, either a whole sentence or just part of a sentence.

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    Re: When do we use

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What you are talking about are called "phrasal verbs", not "phrases". A "phrase" is simply a string of words together, either a whole sentence or just part of a sentence.
    Sorry then... Then I wanna know when i need to use phrasal verbs :)

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    Re: When do we use

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Sorry. then... Then I wanna want to know when i need to use phrasal verbs :)
    We use phrasal verbs all over the place! You can't learn when to use them. You just learn them as you go along. Click on the excellent link that JohnParis posted and you will see a lot of phrasal verbs, but there are no rules on when/how to use them! If only English were that simple.

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    Re: When do we use

    [QUOTE=JustAlilBit;816932]


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    (1) I think that perhaps that you are referring to so-called phrasal verbs. (Verbs with two or more words.)

    (2) I think that native speakers use them when they do not want to be too formal:

    (a) For example, I got on the bus. (Formal: I boarded the bus.)

    (b) I got off the bus. (Formal: I alighted from the bus.)

    (c) I took Mona in to dinner. (Formal: I escorted Mona to dinner.)

    (d) Take off your sweater. (Formal: Remove your sweater.)

    (e) Shut up! (Formal: Refrain from speaking!)

    (3) Sometimes native speakers use phrasal verbs because they sound more natural

    (If you said "I alighted from the bus," many people would laugh); sometimes there may

    not be a really good "formal" word to express the idea; if you are writing something for

    a university class, however, you might want to use formal words whenever possible.

    (4) When you get time, use the search box at this helpline for "phrasal verbs." Mr.

    Paris, the teacher, has already given us a helpful link. I also guess that the Web

    has many results. Just google "phrasal verbs."

    (5) I know that it is very difficult, but don't give up (surrender). Just keep on

    (continue) studying, and one day very soon you will catch on (understand)!

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