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    #1

    phrasal verbs

    Dear teachers

    why wouldn't you use a lot of phrasal verbs in your answers.

    Like

    If we are to kick around this matter let me say this..
    I wanna put in this sentence as an example..
    etc.

    I know many of them belong to informal English but does it matter. How to understand or to talk to native speakers if not that way using the phrasal verbs.

    Thanks

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    Re: phrasal verbs

    People coming to this forum generally expect that teachers giving answers will use reasonably standard English. We don't avoid contractions, and we not infrequently come out with a phrasal verb. These are now acceptable in all but the most formal English.

    However, chatlish and some informal phrasal verb constructions are not what is helpful for most people. There are thousands of sites on the internet where people can experience and practise that sort of language.

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    #3

    Re: phrasal verbs

    This is my, and for many other learners, only way to talk to native English speakers.
    So please do not be so shy with the phrasal verbs.

    If I learn them from lists I will never succeed.

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    #4

    Re: phrasal verbs

    As a teacher, there's always a trade-off between using the language that you'd normally use if you were communicating with another native English speaker, vs. using language that you think will be understood by the person you're teaching.

    Personally I find that I often adjust my level of speech automatically, without consciously intending to.

    I'd suggest trying to find some other outlets to communicate with native English speakers - for example, on forums that are not about learning English, but rather about some other topic that you're interested in.

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