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    Default Phrasal Verbs

    Hello,

    We have to put the object between the verb and the preposition if the object is a pronoun.

    I looked it up in the phone book. (It is wrong)

    But I would like to know if it is going to be correct or not when we attach the pronoun with a conjunction such as 'and'.

    Stop telling off me and my brother. (It is wrong)

    -Stop telling off my brother and me. (Is that ok?)

    Thanks...

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    I looked it up in the phone book. (It is wrong)
    It is correct:

    I looked the number up in the phone book.
    I looked up the number in the phone book.
    I looked it up in the phone book.
    I looked up it in the phone book.

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    -Stop telling off my brother and me.

    What about this?

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is correct:

    I looked the number up in the phone book.
    I looked up the number in the phone book.
    I looked it up in the phone book.
    I looked up it in the phone book.
    Can you tell me why "I looked up it in the phone book" was wrong?

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    We have to put the pronoun in the middle of the pharasal verb.

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    Can you please tell me whether it is correct or not?

    -Stop telling off my brother and me.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Can you please tell me whether it is correct or not?

    -Stop telling off my brother and me.
    That's fine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jebonfikri View Post
    Can you tell me why "I looked up it in the phone book" was wrong?
    Not really- it's a pattern of usage. It's wrong because we don't say it- patterns form and we learn them and pass them on.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Oh.. yeah thanks. So "I looked it up in the phone book" has pattern transitive + particle + preposition. It cannot be change into transitive + particle which has the object after the particle or Intransitive + preposition which is it as the object of up.

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