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  • Chapter 19. Phrasal Verb

    phrasal verb

    17.1 Introduction

    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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