Phrasal verbs (E-H) - English Vocabulary

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finish in a certain way, or place

face up to
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have courage to deal with - especially responsibilities

fall about
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show amusement - especially laughing - colloquial

fall back on
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use as a last resort

be deceived by - colloquial/fall in love with - colloquial

fall out with
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quarrel with

fall through
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fail to come to completion

feel up to
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feel capable of doing

act upon a suggestion/take more action

get across
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be understood - especially get an idea across

imply - about personal matters - colloquial

make to feel depressed - colloquial

get down to
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begin to seriously deal with

get off with
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avoid punishment

get on for
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approach a certain age/time/number

make progress

be surprised

get over with
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come to the end of something, usually unpleasant

get round to=get around
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find time to do

do something - usually bad when about children - colloquial


send off a smell - liquid or gas

be exhausted

abandon, devote/stop-colloquial

surrender/believe to be dead or lost

go back on
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break a promise

make a habit of

became bad- food

happen - usually negative

be enough

go through with
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complete a promise or plan - usually unwillingly

become more liked - colloquial

keep - colloquial

have it in for
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be deliberately unkind to someone - also as have got

have it out with
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express feelings so as to settle a problem

have someone on
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deceive - colloquial

hit it off
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get on well with - colloquial

hit upon/on
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discover by chance - often an idea

offer - especially with hope

delay/use as an example - i.e. a model of good behaviour

agree with - an idea

A phrasal verb has a meaning which is different from the original verb. That's what makes them fun, but confusing. You may need to try to guess the meaning from the context, or, failing that, look it up in a dictionary. The adverb or preposition that follows the verb are sometimes called a particle. The particle changes the meaning of the phrasal verb in idiomatic ways. They are also known as ‘compound verbs’, ‘verb-adverb combinations’, ‘verb-particle constructions", “two-part words/verbs’ and ‘three-part words/verbs’ (depending on the number of words). Phrasal verbs are usually used informally in everyday speech as opposed to the more formal Latinate verbs, such as “to get together” rather than “to congregate”, “to put off” rather than “to postpone”, or “to get out” rather than “to exit”. They should be avoided in academic writing. If learning English phrasal verbs through a list and memorization hasn’t worked for you, then you might like this audio course, we have developed to help you understand the phrasal verbs better. Phrasal Verb MP3 free downloads and other English Vocabulary MP3 free downloads are also available in our app so that you can learn anywhere, any time. Note - Some linguists differentiate between phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs, while others assume them to be part of one and the same construction, as both types are phrasal in nature. Here is a list of some common phrasal verbs in Alphabetical order (E-H) to add to your English vocabulary.

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