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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.


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Heritage English Lymington, England, UK & England
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English Village – MALTA Valletta, Malta
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
Kaplan International New York - Empire State New York City, New York, USA
Test Your English Level Online London, England, UK & England
American Language Programs, Inc. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Kaplan International Center Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Free English Level Test Online Dubai, UAE
Kaplan International San Francisco San Francisco, California, USA
English Village – MALTA Valletta, Malta
Crossing Borders Group, Houston Houston, Texas, USA
NSL Mondial, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA
International Language Institute, Gaithersburg MD Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
British Council Singapore Singapore, Singapore
The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Kaplan International San Diego San Diego, California, USA
Pro-language Institute - PLI Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Kaplan International Washington DC Washington, Dist of Columbia, USA
English Language Company, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia