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Can we use phrasal verbs formally?
It depends on which phrasal verbs you would like to use. There are often other verbs you could use instead of phrasal verbs that would be more formal.
This product gets rid of fleas. (phrasal verb: to get rid of)
This product eliminates fleas. (verb: to eliminate)
Sometimes we need to see beyond the immediate answer, to the pitfalls.
Thanks to you all for your useful replies.:)
But I don't know how to use Phrasal verbs in my own sentences. I would be really happy if anyone of you could tell me how to use them so that I would not feel any kind of hesitation while using them in my own sentences.
(Please do tell me if there are any grammatical mistakes)
Firstly, let me qualify my answer regarding the formality of phrasal verbs.
Yes, they do tend to be more informal, but there is a wide range of usage, and it really depends on the verb itself. For example "sit down" is a phrasal verb, "sit" is not. But it is just as formal and more polite to say "Please sit down" rather than "Please sit".
Searching for "phrasal verbs" on the web will give you a lot more sites.
Here are a few:
ENGLISH PAGE - Phrasal Verb Dictionary
Phrasal verb/ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Why not learn a few, then post a few paragraphs here. We can help you with formality of specific examples.
Can I say if someone keeps annoying me or keeps on talking too much or having a quarrel that it's being a bit much?
Or my studies are being a bit much if I'm bored of my studies?
If someone keeps annoying you, you can say "Knock it off!" That's a phrasal verb.
Maybe it's not even phrasal verbs that you're having a problem with, but simply colloquial phrases in general?
Can I say "I've got a hitch in my giddy up"? (using idiomatic expression)
Can we use idiomatic expressions formally?