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    Default phrasal verbs

    Everybody is saying that one should lay more emphasis in remembering phrasal verbs as it helps in improving our communication skills.

    But,if we see the list of phrasal verbs say on this website.
    The list is huge.

    How one can cram those phrasal verbs?

    And generally in a normal conversation we don't use phrasal verbs much.

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post

    And generally in a normal conversation we don't use phrasal verbs much.
    Most native speakers do. You have to learn them as you come across them. You can't hope to learn them all at once.

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post

    And generally in a normal conversation we don't use phrasal verbs much.

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    (1) As the moderator said, native speakers do, indeed, use phrasal verbs in

    conversation. In fact, it might even be impossible to have a long conversation without

    using phrasal verbs.

    (2) Sometimes it's almost impossible to use the formal word(s):

    (a) "Take bus #217 and get off at the corner of ...."

    (i) People would laugh if you said "Take bus #217 and alight at the corner of ...."

    (b) Mona drives to her children's school every afternoon to pick them up and bring

    them back home.

    (i) People might think that you were weird (strange) if you said, "I'm going to my

    children's school to collect them now."

    (c) Tom: Can you drive me to the market?
    Mona: No, I can't.
    Tom: Why not?
    Mona: My car has broken down.

    Surely, Mona would never say: "My car has ceased to operate."

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    There's no way for you to take them in all at once. If you take them down as you come across them, you'll be fine.

    By the way, your assertion that we don't use them in normal everyday language is not correct. There are no less than three phrasal verbs in my first two sentences of this reply.

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
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    And generally in a normal conversation we don't use phrasal verbs much.
    To quote Tonto when the Lone Ranger said 'We're in trouble now' ,'We, Paleface?'

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    Everybody is saying that one should lay more emphasis in remembering phrasal verbs as it helps in improving our communication skills.

    But,if we see the list of phrasal verbs say on this website.
    The list is huge.

    How one can cram those phrasal verbs?

    And generally in a normal conversation we don't use phrasal verbs much.
    You don't need to learn every verb in this list, just as you don't need to know every word in a dictionary. However, in normal conversation, we do use them regularly, so knowing the common ones is useful.

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