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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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Kaplan International Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA
Online English Level Test Delhi (New Delhi), India
Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure, Cork Cork, Ireland
English Level Test London, England, UK & England
American Language Programs, Inc. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
American Language Programs, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts, USA
New York Language Center New York City, New York, USA
Syntax Academy, Bangalore Bangalore, India
Kaplan International Colleges London - Covent Garden London, England, UK & England
Australian International College of Language (AICOL) Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Crossing Borders, Houston Houston, Texas, USA
TEFL Training College - Go-TEFL Durban, South Africa
Kaplan International Colleges Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
Online English Level Test Mexico City, Mexico
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
Kaplan International Portland Portland, Oregon, USA
Sol Schools Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NSL Mondial New York City, New York, USA
ECS Scotland, Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland, UK & England
NSL Mondial Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada