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    Default Phrasal verbs recognition.

    Is "walk down" a phrasal verb? Why it isn't considered as a phrasal verb in the diccionaries I consulted? Is there a rule to recognise when we are in front of them? "Fall off" meaning "decrease" is a phrasal verb, but in this sentence: "She fell off her bike..." it isn't a phrasal verb anymore. Thanks in advance for your answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciciey View Post
    Is "walk down" a phrasal verb? Why it isn't considered as a phrasal verb in the diccionaries I consulted? Is there a rule to recognise when we are in front of them? "Fall off" meaning "decrease" is a phrasal verb, but in this sentence: "She fell off her bike..." it isn't a phrasal verb anymore. Thanks in advance for your answers.

    Hi Ciciey

    1. A phrasal verb consists of a verb and one or more prepositions or an adverb which modifies the meaning of the verb.
    "walk down" is not a phrasal verb because "down" does not change the meaning of the verb "walk". It shows that the action is moving from a higher position to a lower one. This is the literal meaning of down and is found in many different combinations.
    e.g. I fell while I was walking down the stairs/the street..

    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/phrasal-verb.html :

    "A phrasal verb consists of a verb and a preposition or adverb that modifies or changes the meaning; 'give up' is a phrasal verb that means 'stop doing' something, which is very different from 'give'. The word or words that modify a verb in this manner can also go under the name particle".

    http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/448.html

    2. Prices have fallen off lately[ have fallen off = have decreased]
    She fell off her bike [off -shows the movement downward]
    Off functions as a preposition of position or movement and is the converse of on. We speak of getting on a bus and off a bus, taking things off the table ...


    He fell off the cliff.
    In the above sentence, the word off functions as a preposition.

    The Adverb "off"
    1. In a direction away from the speaker or object.
    He drove off in a cloud of smoke.
    The book fell off the table.
    2. Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
    Please switch off the light when you leave.

    Usage notes
     Used in many phrasal verbs, off is an adverbial particle often mistakenly thought of as a preposition. (It can be used as a preposition, but such usage is still rare and always informal;
    [source :Wikipedia]
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    Last edited by Teia; 18-Jan-2007 at 21:20.

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    Default Re: Phrasal verbs recognition.

    Thanks a lot, teia_petrescu your explanation and examples were excellent. There is no more doubts about phrasal verbs recognition.

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    You are welcome.

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