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List of English phrasal verbs


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A Phrasal Verb consists of a verb and a preposition (such as on, in, under, etc.) or an adverb (such as up, down, away). The meaning of the phrasal verb as a whole is often (though not always) very different from the meaning of the individual words that make it up. Historically, phrasal verbs have been used more in everyday speech than in formal speech, though some can be used in a formal context as well.

Account for:
To explain how/why. To give reasons. Example: "How do you account for the increase in production costs?"

Act on:
To pursue. To take action because of information received. Example: "The military planned to act on the information they received."

Act out:
To react negatively to something. Example: "Teenagers often act out to express their feelings."

Act up:
To behave or function improperly. Example: "My elbow is acting up again."

Add up:
1) To calculate a sum. Example: "I added up all your bills. You owe me $120."
2) To make sense. Example: "There's something about his story that doesn't add up. I don't think he's telling the truth."

Add up to:
To equal an amount. Example: "Our monthly expenses added up to $500."

Allow for:
To include. Example: "You have to allow for unexpected expenses in your budget."

Ask around:
To ask several people or more. Example: "Q: Do you have change for a 20? A: No, but ask around, I'm sure someone does."

Ask out:
To ask to go on a date. Example: "I'm going to ask her out tomorrow."

Ask over:
To invite to one's home. Example: "I would ask him over for dinner, but I'm afraid he would eat too much."

Attend to:
To see about something (formal). Example: "I have some business to attend to. I'll meet up with you later, John."

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