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    Default Phrasal Verbs

    Does anybody know any material that can help me to have a better grasp of phrasal verbs or how to use those words in a intuitive way.

    How to use those words that complement the meaning of a verb like stand up, stand down, throw away and so on. It's so tricky I always misuse them.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    There are some useful books. I highly recommend this:

    English Phrasal Verbs in Use Intermediate - Cambridge University Press

    What is more important than having books and doing exercises is to be organized.
    See here:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/files/pd...vocabulary.pdf

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    Cool...I'v been trying to find an online manual on how to construct Phrasal Verbs logically, no success. Well maybe there is some logic behind those words, isn't there? I will follow the advice of taking notes of any phrasal verb and try to find some logic behind them comparing them to each other.

    Is it a good way? not effective? waste of time?

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    I don't know if there is any logic behind phrasal verbs.
    It's a good idea to have a notebook and a monolingual dictionary and write down some examples for each phrasal verb. That might help you to keep them in mind and use them in the right context.
    So, the link about vocabulary is great, isn't it? I am happy that I've found it.

    Good luck.
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    I have both yes, I write down almost every phrasal verb I come by.

    Does come by mean find/see/discover in this sentence? If not what would be the right verb?

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    I have both yes, I write down almost every phrasal verb I come by.

    Does come by mean find/see/discover in this sentence? If not what would be the right verb?
    come across is fine here.
    come by means:

    Come by - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    I have both yes, I write down almost every phrasal verb I come by.

    Does come by mean find/see/discover in this sentence? If not what would be the right verb?
    Perhaps I'm on the wrong track by writing the following. If so, then I'm sorry.
    I'm just writing down what is crossing my mind. At last, I am writing about my own experience.
    I often catch myself wanting to learn too much at once.
    So, I can't see wood for the trees anymore. That is what happens when you expect too much of yourself. This kind of learning is more frustrating than motivating.
    In order to avoid this in the future, I had to come up with an idea.

    1. Learn basic vocabulary.

    2. Build up your basics by looking for synonyms (including phrasal verbs)

    Let me give you an example:

    Basic: delay, postpone

    a phrasal verb with similiar/same meanining:

    put sth. off / put off doing sth.

    Don't forget to give examples :

    We put off our flight until August.

    You can't put off discussing the subject.

    Do you get my drift? I mean, make sure that you know the "simple" basic word (providing there is one)
    Then go on with building up your vocabulary.

    Another important thing is to make sure if you really need to know this word / phrasal verb. That's what is called active vocabulary.

    Don't waste your time on learning words you'll forget after a while because you hardly use them.

    Use your time and efforts in an "economic" and efficient way.


    Hopefully, I have been able to help you by sharing my experience with you.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm actually not very organized when it comes to English learning. I just watch lots of videos and listen to a lot of radios in English (and it's been good for my listening comprehension). I sometimes do written execises and I think it's very effective. I'v read in another topic that some people think it's not, rubbish, but I respect the opinion.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Anreak, the main thing is that you find a way that is the best for you, isn't it?
    So, pick up those ideas that work best for you and your aims.
    There is some useful advice, but then again, it's an individual thing, too.

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