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Phrasal Verbs (Most Common)

Phrasal Verbs (Most Common)

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Most Common Phrasal Verbs
Verb MeaningExampleask 
 
 someone
out
invite on a dateBrian
asked
Judy
out
to dinner and a movie.
ask around
ask many people the samequestionI
asked around
but nobody hasseen my wallet.
add up to
 something 
equalYour purchases
add up to
$205.32.
back 
 
 something 
up
reverseYou'll have to
back up
your car sothat I can get out.
back 
 
 someone
up
supportMy wife
backed
me
up
over mydecision to quit my job.
blow up
explodeThe racing ca
blew up
after itcrashed into the fence.
blow
 
 something 
up
add airWe have to
blow
50 balloons
up
for the party.
break down
stop functioning (vehicle,machine)Our car 
broke down
at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
break down
get upsetThe woman
broke down
when the police told her that her son haddied.
break 
 
 something 
down
divide into smaller partsOur teache
broke
the final project
down
into three separate parts.
break in
force entry to a buildingSomebody
broke in
last night andstole our stereo.
break into
 something 
enter forciblyThe firemen had to
break into
theroom to rescue the children.
break 
 
 something 
in
wear something a few times sothat it doesn't look/feel newI need to
break 
these shoes
in
 before we run next week.
break in
interruptThe TV station
broke in
to reportthe news of the president's death.
break up
end a relationshipMy boyfriend and I
broke up
 before I moved to America.
break up
start laughing (informal)The kids just
broke up
as soon asthe clown started talking.
break out
escapeThe prisoners
broke out
of jailwhen the guards weren't looking.1
 
Most Common Phrasal Verbs
break out in
 something 
develop a skin conditionI
broke out in
a rash after our camping trip.
bring
 
 someone
down
make unhappyThis sad music is
bringing
me
down
.
bring
 
 someone
up
raise a childMy grandparents
brought
me
up
after my parents died.
bring
 
 something 
up
start talking about a subjectMy mother walks out of the roomwhen my father 
brings up
sports.
bring
 
 something 
up
vomitHe drank so much that he
brought
his dinner 
up
in the toilet.
call around
 phone many different places/peopleWe
called around
but we weren'table to find the car part we needed.
call
 
 someone
 
back 
return a phone callI
called
the company
back 
but theoffices were closed for theweekend.
call
 
 something 
off 
cancelJason
called
the wedding
off 
 because he wasn't in love with hisfiancé.
call on
 
 someone
ask for an answer or opinionThe professo
called on
me for question 1.
call on
 
 someone
visit someoneWe
called on
you last night butyou weren't home.
call
 
 someone
up
 phoneGive me your phone number and Iwill
call
you
up
when we are intown.
calm down
relax after being angryYou are still mad. You need to
calm down
before you drive thecar.not
care for
 someone/something 
not like (formal)I don't
care for
his behaviour.
catch up
get to the same point as someoneelseYou'll have to run faster than thatif you want to
catch up
withMarty.
check in
arrive and register at a hotel or airportWe will get the hotel keys whenwe
check in
.
check out
leave a hotelYou have to
check out
of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
check 
 someone/something 
 
out
look at carefully, investigateThe company
checks out
all new2
 
Most Common Phrasal Verbsemployees.
check out
 someone/something 
look at (informal)
Check out
the crazy hair on thatguy!
cheer up
 become happierShe
cheered up
when she heardthe good news.
cheer
 
 someone
up
make happierI brought you some flowers to
cheer
you
up
.
chip in
helpIf everyone
chips in
we can getthe kitchen painted by noon.
clean
 
 something 
up
tidy, cleanPlease
clean up
your bedroom before you go outside.
come across
 something 
find unexpectedlyI
came across
these old photoswhen I was tidying the closet.
come apart
separateThe top and bottom
come apart
if you pull hard enough.
come down with
 something 
 become sickMy nephew
came down with
chicken pox this weekend.
come forward
volunteer for a task or to giveevidenceThe woman
came forward
withher husband's finger prints.
come from
somewhereoriginate inThe art of origami
comes from
Asia.
count on
 someone/something 
rely onI am
counting on
you to makedinner while I am out.
cross
 
 something 
out
draw a line throughPlease
cross out
your old addressand write your new one.
cut back on
 something 
consume lessMy doctor wants me to
cut back on
sweets and fatty foods.
cut
 
 something 
down
make something fall to thegroundWe had to
cut
the old tree in our yard
down
after the storm.
cut in
interruptYour fathe
cut in
while I wasdancing with your uncle.
cut in
 pull in too closely in front of another vehicleThe bus driver got angry when thatcar 
cut in
.
cut in
start operating (of an engine or electrical device)The air conditioner 
cuts in
whenthe temperature gets to 22ºC.3

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