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    Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    Dear teachers, I was wondering if one can use phrasal verbs in formal writing, fro example exam essays. I was learning phrasal verbs from Cambridge dictionary of phrasal verbs before I heard some teacher on Youtube say that phrasal verbs are for use in speech. That had me leave the book aside and feel that I had been wasting my time on it. What do you say about it?

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    Re: Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    Writing coherent, un-stilted English without some phrasal verbs is impossible. Did the teacher really say you should never use them in formal writing?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Writing coherent, un-stilted English without some phrasal verbs is impossible. Did the teacher really say you should never use them in formal writing?
    No, he didn't say that either, but it was enough for me to lose my motivation to learn phrasal verbs.
    Last edited by aachu; 06-Nov-2016 at 20:59. Reason: typo

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    Re: Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    I think you should reconsider. It's true that some phrasal verbs are rather casual, but the same could be said for many elements of English.

    Phrasal verbs are so common in English that you really can't learn the language without learning them.
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    Re: Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    Thanks for your reply, GoesStation. Yes, I'm going to restart learning them.

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    Re: Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    aachu, bless you!

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    Re: Phrasal verbs in formal writing

    If there is a Latinate verb that has the same meaning as a phrasal verb, it may be preferred in academic writing, but that does not make it wrong to use phrasal verbs in any context.

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