How can we recognize seperable phrasal verbs from inseperable ones? Is it possible without looking up it in a dictionary?
* The verb and the adverb can be separated.
verb + adverb + object / verb + object + adverb
e.g. put off = to postpone
We must put off the meeting for another week.
We must put the meeting off for another week.
We must put it off for another week. NOT We must put off it for another week.
* The preposition cannot be separated from the verb.
verb + prepositon + object
e.g. take after = be similar to older relative
He takes after his mother. NOT He takes his mother after.
He takes after her. NOT He takes her after.
Phrasal verbs that have two particles cannot be separated from the verb.
verb + adverb + preposition + object
e.g. put up with = tolerate
I can't put up with his behaviour any more.
I can't put up with it any more.