A. What are phrasal verbs?

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A phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition or adverb which creates a meaning different from the original verb.

  • Some phrasal verbs are intransitive.
    An intransitive verb cannot be followed by an object.
  • Some phrasal verbs are transitive.
    A transitive verb can be followed by an object.
  • Some transitive phrasal verbs are separable.
    The object is placed between the verb and the preposition.
    In this Phrasal Verb Dictionary, separable phrasal verbs are marked by placing a * between the verb and the preposition / adverb.
  • Some transitive phrasal verbs are inseparable.
    The object is placed after the preposition.
    In this Phrasal Verb Dictionary, inseparable phrasal verbs are marked by placing a + after the preposition / adverb.
  • Some transitive phrasal verbs can take an object in both places.
    In this Phrasal Verb Dictionary, such phrasal verbs are marked with both * and + .
  • Although many phrasal verbs can take an object in both places, you
    must put the object between the verb and the preposition if the object is a pronoun.

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