Chapter 19. Phrasal Verb
We know that a verb has it’s original meaning, but when some verbs individually
are grouped with some preposition, it loses it’s original meaning and
conveys another particular meaning. They are called group verbs or phrasal
verbs. Such as bring means fetch. But when the preposition up is placed after
it, it means rear, and round is placed after it, it means recover. There are so
many examples. In language, the phrasal verbs enrich the vocabulary as well
as ornament the language. Their uses are very frequent. In this section, we explain
the meanings of phrasal verbs with the help of a small paragraph which
uses a key verb and correlated sentence to explain different meaning of it when
various prepositions are placed next to it. We hope, in this way students can
memorize the phrasal verbs easily and understand their uses.
Without action on (depending) the advice of the parents his overexercise acted
upon (harm) his health and finally he did not act up to (put into practice ) his
unreasonable expectation of building strong health.
The report bears out (confirms/ supports) that his son bore away (won) and
bore off (carried with pride) the first prize and it bore the parents up (sustained)
in adversity though the envious neighbors could not bear with (tolerate) such
fame what had no bearing on (relationship) them.
When the thieves broke away (freed himself) from the jail and after breaking
in (forcing the way in) at night broke into (entered by breaking) a house and
broke with (disconnected) the telephone wire of the house. The neighbors
hearing the noise, broke forth (suddenly went out) from their houses and broke
through (forced a passage) the main gate of the house. The thieves broke off
(stopped suddenly) their operation. It was when the theater broke up (ended).
The news of robbery broke out (spread) in the whole area.
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