Tips & Techniques in English For competitive Exams – Grammar – Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verbs are a particular kind of expression, wherein the verb is made of two or more components. Mostly the combining components are verbs and prepositions. When divided these components will have a meaning of their own but would not suggest anything about the meaning of the phrasal verb. Consider the following sentences.
- This sword has been handed down from father to son in the family for many generations.
- I have been looking forward to meeting you since long now.
- The patient came out of the delirium only when given tranquilizers.
- We had almost decided to give up on the search when we made the discovery.
Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions and have a particular meaning different from that of the combining verbs and prepositions. Following are some phrasal verbs with their meanings.
- sit in – to attend or take part as a visitor
- sit out – to stay till the end of
- come round – to accept circumstances and adjust yourself to them
- get on – to manage one’s life
- turn out – to have a particular result
- turn up – to arrive unexpectedly
- show off- to brag or boast
- sort out – to successfully deal with a problem
- hand in – to give something to someone in authority
- sit down – to take a seat
- sit up – to rise from a supine position
- give in – to yield to some pressure
- come forth – to find something
- switch on – to start something
- turn down – to refuse or reject an offer
- turn in – to expose
- look into – probe, or investigate a matter
- look after – take care of
- take off – to remove something
- put out – to extinguish
- try on – to wear some clothes for first time
- turn down – lower the volume
- turn on – to start a machine
- put in – to invest something (matter or abstract)
- look out – be careful of some danger
Following are some sentences using Phrasal Verbs
- Don’t throw away your opportunity to enter this University.
- Many people believe in astrology and tarot cards now-a-days.
- Quickly get in the car, we’re getting late.
- You can put forward your point in today’s meeting,
- To sit through his speech was very difficult.
- I don’t understand why you put up with his insolent behaviour.
- I could see through his intentions the first time I met, but kept quiet to give him a chance to reform.
- Please, fill in all the necessary information in this form.
- I am sure you will not let me down; I’ve full faith in your capacities.
- Why are you taking it out on me? I’m not the one responsible for the mishap.