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    Arrow What is a phrasal verb?

    Hi, I'm not a teacher, just for those who may wonder. But I do have a question about "phrasal verbs". What exactly are phrasal verbs? I've come across the term a few times on this website. Maybe I'm naive here, but I've never heard this term before. Could I please get some help with this?

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    Re: What is a phrasal verb?

    A phrasal verb is a phrase that acts like a verb and usually comprised of a verb and a preposition, e.g. back up, fill in/fill out, get in, pick up. suggest you Google "phrasal verbs" for a more complete/descriptive definition and an exhaustive list.

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    Re: What is a phrasal verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    A phrasal verb is a phrase that acts like a verb and usually comprised of a verb and a preposition, e.g. back up, fill in/fill out, get in, pick up. suggest you Google "phrasal verbs" for a more complete/descriptive definition and an exhaustive list.
    Also phrasal verbs, either by themselves or with added words, are often idioms. Examples are 'hang out', 'back off', 'roll up your sleeves' and 'pull up your socks'.

    For more phrasal verbs, click on "English Phrasal Verbs" at the top left of this page.

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    Re: What is a phrasal verb?

    IMO, phrasal verb is a grammar jargon which means more to teachers of the English than the laymen. It's something which you use in your daily language which you don't know what it is called nor do you need to know.

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