Below are two charts of phrasal verbs for beginners. These are the phrasal verbs contained in Chapters 1 and 2 of the Ultimate Phrasal Verb book. If you don’t have a copy of that book for reference, you can use this link to look up the definitions of each:
Remember, phrasal verbs can be tricky. They can often have more than one meaning. They may also be separable or nonseparable. For example:
I took my shoes off.
I took off my shoes.
However, when substituting a a pronoun in place of the noun, the pronoun must be placed between the verb and the preposition/particle:
I tookthem off.
Take off Put on
Come from Figure out Give back Look for Put on Show up
Come off Doze off Fall for Give in Hear about Pull through Stay off Throw up
Writing Exercise Instructions:
Create a short story. Use as many of the above phrasal verbs as possible. Try to use other forms (tenses) of the verbs. For example: Take off – took off – takes off – taking off – taken off.
The topic: A young Turkish woman went to University in the U.S. on a full scholarship from the Turkish government. She is now flying to a poor country to work with the poor.
Below are some suggestions for your story:
- She is helping the poor as way to do something for others because of the scholarship she received.
- There may be a handsome gentleman on the plane.
- She, or another passenger, may be sick.
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