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    A question about phrasal verbs

    In English there is a kind of phrasal verb which has transivte uasage and intransitive usage plus a proper preposition, for example, cut ... down and cut down on ... Could you tell me more examples like this, and what the difference between them is.

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    You may be thinking of what I call phrasal-prepositional verbs. See section 1.6 in this article: https://www.usingenglish.com/article...ord-verbs.html
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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Welcome back after your 10-year absence, Luis!

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Lv View Post
    In English there is a kind of phrasal verb which has transitive usage and intransitive usage plus a proper preposition, for example, "cut ... down" and "cut down on ..." Could you tell me more examples like this, and what the difference between them is.

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Lv View Post
    for example, cut ... down and cut down on ...
    How are they linked by meaning?

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You may be thinking of what I call phrasal-prepositional verbs. See section 1.6 in this article: https://www.usingenglish.com/article...ord-verbs.html
    Thank you for your information, which is irrelevant to my question. I have come across some more phrasal verbs like this: catch sb. up & catch up with sb. make sth. up & make up for sth. What I want to know is more such phrasal verbs.

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Lv View Post
    ... which is irrelevant to my question.
    It wasn't remotely irrelevant to your question and that statement comes across as a little rude. It's relevant because you asked about the difference between "cut down" and "cut down on". The former is a phrasal verb and the latter is, as Piscean showed you, a phrasal-prepositional verb.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

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    How are they linked by meaning?
    The two phrasal verbs mean almost the same.

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Lv View Post
    The two phrasal verbs mean almost the same.
    No, they don't.

    English has many phrasal verbs. You don't have to look for them. They pop up every little bit in conversation.
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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis Lv View Post
    The two phrasal verbs mean almost the same.
    If you're talking about "cut down" and "cut down on", then no, they don't.

    I'm going to cut down that tree.
    I'm going to cut down on that tree.

    He needs to cut down on the fags.
    He needs to cut down the fags.

    (Note: "fags" is slang for "cigarettes".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A question about phrasal verbs

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    (Note: "fags" is slang for "cigarettes".)
    In British English. In the American variety it's an offensive word for homosexuals.
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