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    The Phrasal :)

    HI, got one question for ya:
    there is a statement: "I am sure he made the whole story up"
    Question is: is it possible to keep the same meaning saying: " I am sure he made up the whole story" ?
    Is there any rule, cos I have another one: "I have to keep my tolls back" or "I have to keep back my tolls"?
    Please help.

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    Re: The Phrasal :)

    Yes, in both cases you can separate like that. If, however, you use a pronoun, then you must separate:
    He made it up.
    He made up it.
    I am afraid that this is an area where the dictionary is required- you cannot tell from the words alone whether a phrasal verb is separable or inseparable- you can't do this with all verbs. 'Look into', for example, is a verb where you can't separate the verb and the particle:
    I'll look into the matter.
    I'll look the matter into.

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    Re: The Phrasal :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    'Look into', for example, is a verb where you can't separate the verb and the particle:
    I'll look into the matter.
    I'll look the matter into.
    Isn't the "into" there a preposition, not a particle?

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    Re: The Phrasal :)

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Isn't the "into" there a preposition, not a particle?
    It depends.

    He opened the box and looked into it. [= looked in, it's a preposition]

    They don't yet know where the box came from, but they're looking into it. [phrasal verb: 'look into = 'make approprate investigations']

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    Re: The Phrasal :)

    Thank you very much.

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