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English Phrasal Verbs List

Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and an adverb (particle). Phrasal verbs are a very important feature of everyday English language. They are used in spoken and informal English, and they are also in written and even formal English. Understanding and learning to use phrasal verbs, however, is often a problem and there are many reasons for this.

The meaning of the phrasal verb often has no relation to the meaning of either the verb or the particle which is used with it. This means that phrasal verbs can be difficult both to understand and to remember. Also, many phrasal verbs have several different meanings.

We have created some pages of examples to help students better understand phrasal verbs.

Meanings & Examples

Choose¬†the¬†letter below, to see definitions and examples for phrasal verbs in this collection. (For example, choose “A” for “ask out, ask over.”)


We recommend these English Phrasal Verbs Books for further study or the ESL schools below.


English language schools & courses: Location
American National College, Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Omnicom School of Languages, Toronto & Calgary Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Crossing Borders Group, San Antonio San Antonio, Texas, USA
Kaplan International Colleges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
Heritage English Homestay Courses Lymington, England, UK & England
Kaplan International Seattle Seattle, Washington, USA
Private English Teacher, London London, England, UK & England
Crossing Borders Group, Houston Houston, Texas, USA
Future Focus School Of English Floriana, Malta
Kaplan International USA New York City, New York, USA
Irish College Of English, Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Focus Education Centre of Canada, Mississauga Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Oxford Elite in London and Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
House Of Tutors - Intensive American English Institute Austin, Texas, USA
ELS Universal English College, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
Heritage English Lymington, England, UK & England
Future Focus School Of English Floriana, Malta
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
Rose Mount's Institute of English Language, Dehradun Dehradun, India