September 8

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Day 2. Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are tested in parts 1, 2 and 4 of Paper 1. Personally I love phrasal verbs. Yes, there are many, and yes, it’s confusing that quite a few have have many different meanings, but they do make your spoken English tremendously colourful.

Just like me you will already have come across many phrasal verbs, so now we need to add to this knowledge. It’s smart to keep a list of new phrasal verbs in a vocabulary notebook. You can record them by main verb, by particle or by topic.

Be careful with phrasal verbs. The verb and particle cannot be separated 1) when it is a three-part phrasal verb, 2) If there is no object in the sentence, 3) When the particle is a preposition.

OK, let’s start matching!

A. Match the verbs to the particles

There are at least 16 options. Four of them are “three-part” phrasal verbs.

Verbs

break; catch; cheer; come

cut; end; get; hang

help; jump; pay; run

settle; take; track; turn

Particles

around; at; back, down; with

in; off; on; out; up

B. Complete the sentences using the phrasal verbs

Their lives changed completely once the loan …………………………………. as it meant they could treat themselves to meals out and weekends away.

An old school friend …………………………………. me ………………………………… on the Internet and we met up recently to compare our life stories.

The company offered Maria a post in the New York branch and she …………………………………. the chance.

During the last recession, local businesses …………………………………. recruitment and no graduate trainees …………………………………. as a result.

Jeff explained that shortly after they bought the house together, he and his wife …………………………………. and she moved to another town.

People often manage to advance their careers by …………………………………. the right people and telling them what they want to hear.

Everything fell into place – she was offered the scholarship at Harvard, the flight was booked
and her missing passport …………………………………. just in time!

My brother has had a change of heart and is willing to …………………………………. me ……………………………….. with decorating the flat after all.

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Kristian

Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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