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Phrasal Verbs

6 May

Phrasal Verbs: Multi-word Verbs
If I had to say what the single most asked question by my students is, I believe that would be:
How can I learn phrasal verbs?
I can almost see you nod here.

Why are they a problem? Let’s see…
Meaning is not always transparent or easily predictable from the words. In fact, they tend to have different meanings. They can also vary according to dialect. We cannot play around much with them, the minute we get creative and change the particle we have said something else!
It is always advisable to have a good dictionary around.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

In the Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs there are over 5,000 but you probably need much less to sound natural.
The point is not to know all of them, but to accurately figure them out.
How should I study phrasal verbs?
The answer is there is no best method, but fortunately there are techniques, books and websites! Let’s take a web tour.

Here is a good place to start:
A Comprehensive Treatment
http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/In this website you can find the most frequent verbs in context -their meanings and their particle meanings. Lots of collocations, some games and a small glossary: http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/dictionarya.htm.
I believe the author (a teacher of course) has done a great job in balancing grammar, meaning and context. Two thumbs up!
A Traditional ApproachVarying the method of study can help you focus on the different aspects that make a phrasal a complex little thing. Sometimes a traditional grammar list can be useful.
Here is a good one:
http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch27.html
Includes: Grammar Explanations, lists with definitions and examples, some exercises.

The Structure of a Phrasal Verb
Now you discover phrasal verbs are actually multi-word verbs which can be transitive or intransitive, separable or inseparable. It is important to know the structure and usage of the verb you want to learn. We need a lot of examples!Here is a searchable list with one sentence examples of all types of phrasal verbs.http://www.ccas.ru/olenev/english/phverbs.htmlIncludes: A list with formal English definitions and an example. Simple and concise.

A Topic-based ApproachPerhaps you haven’t solved all your grammar doubts about phrasal verbs reading all of the above. Anyway, you need to see them and hear them in context. Grouping vocabulary according to topic will certainly help you to remember them.
Here is the BBC Funky Phrasals with mini dialogues about health, childhood, career, and holidays. You just can’t miss it!
BBC Learning English
Includes: Scrip and audio.
What do I need to learn? I mean, for the FCE exam…
Are Phrasals Formal or Informal?After reviewing context, structure and topics we still have to review the question of register. This is paramount for using phrasals in your FCE writing paper. This website will help you learn formal equivalents of some phrasal verbs:
http://www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/phrasal.html
Includes: 14 practice texts with latinate verbs compared to phrasal verbs.
Remember: The meaning of a phrasal does not always apply on a one to one correspondence to the meanings of its formal equivalent. Then, context is vital if not everything here.

How about some extra exercises?
What? You still want more practice?
All right. Here it goes:
http://www.eflnet.com/pverbs/index.php
Includes: Quizzes and lots of links to exercises.

Conclusions
Regardless your learning style, I would advise you to try all of them. Or at least do not fall in love with only one type of exercise. The mind gets bored and that is precisely the instant in which learning stops.
So take it easy, when you are tired, give yourself a break and come back to this post some other time, try one more exercise or two.

In a nutshell, when learning phrasal verbs, don’t give up, keep it up!




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Phrasal Verbs

6 May

Phrasal Verbs: Multi-word Verbs
If I had to say what the single most asked question by my students is, I believe that would be:
How can I learn phrasal verbs?
I can almost see you nod here.

Why are they a problem? Let’s see…
Meaning is not always transparent or easily predictable from the words. In fact, they tend to have different meanings. They can also vary according to dialect. We cannot play around much with them, the minute we get creative and change the particle we have said something else!
It is always advisable to have a good dictionary around.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

In the Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs there are over 5,000 but you probably need much less to sound natural.
The point is not to know all of them, but to accurately figure them out.
How should I study phrasal verbs?
The answer is there is no best method, but fortunately there are techniques, books and websites! Let’s take a web tour.

Here is a good place to start:
A Comprehensive Treatment
http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/In this website you can find the most frequent verbs in context -their meanings and their particle meanings. Lots of collocations, some games and a small glossary: http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/dictionarya.htm.
I believe the author (a teacher of course) has done a great job in balancing grammar, meaning and context. Two thumbs up!
A Traditional ApproachVarying the method of study can help you focus on the different aspects that make a phrasal a complex little thing. Sometimes a traditional grammar list can be useful.
Here is a good one:
http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch27.html
Includes: Grammar Explanations, lists with definitions and examples, some exercises.

The Structure of a Phrasal Verb
Now you discover phrasal verbs are actually multi-word verbs which can be transitive or intransitive, separable or inseparable. It is important to know the structure and usage of the verb you want to learn. We need a lot of examples!Here is a searchable list with one sentence examples of all types of phrasal verbs.http://www.ccas.ru/olenev/english/phverbs.htmlIncludes: A list with formal English definitions and an example. Simple and concise.

A Topic-based ApproachPerhaps you haven’t solved all your grammar doubts about phrasal verbs reading all of the above. Anyway, you need to see them and hear them in context. Grouping vocabulary according to topic will certainly help you to remember them.
Here is the BBC Funky Phrasals with mini dialogues about health, childhood, career, and holidays. You just can’t miss it!
BBC Learning English
Includes: Scrip and audio.
What do I need to learn? I mean, for the FCE exam…
Are Phrasals Formal or Informal?After reviewing context, structure and topics we still have to review the question of register. This is paramount for using phrasals in your FCE writing paper. This website will help you learn formal equivalents of some phrasal verbs:
http://www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/phrasal.html
Includes: 14 practice texts with latinate verbs compared to phrasal verbs.
Remember: The meaning of a phrasal does not always apply on a one to one correspondence to the meanings of its formal equivalent. Then, context is vital if not everything here.

How about some extra exercises?
What? You still want more practice?
All right. Here it goes:
http://www.eflnet.com/pverbs/index.php
Includes: Quizzes and lots of links to exercises.

Conclusions
Regardless your learning style, I would advise you to try all of them. Or at least do not fall in love with only one type of exercise. The mind gets bored and that is precisely the instant in which learning stops.
So take it easy, when you are tired, give yourself a break and come back to this post some other time, try one more exercise or two.

In a nutshell, when learning phrasal verbs, don’t give up, keep it up!




Phrasal Verbs

6 May

Phrasal Verbs: Multi-word Verbs
If I had to say what the single most asked question by my students is, I believe that would be:
How can I learn phrasal verbs?
I can almost see you nod here.

Why are they a problem? Let’s see…
Meaning is not always transparent or easily predictable from the words. In fact, they tend to have different meanings. They can also vary according to dialect. We cannot play around much with them, the minute we get creative and change the particle we have said something else!
It is always advisable to have a good dictionary around.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

In the Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs there are over 5,000 but you probably need much less to sound natural.
The point is not to know all of them, but to accurately figure them out.
How should I study phrasal verbs?
The answer is there is no best method, but fortunately there are techniques, books and websites! Let’s take a web tour.

Here is a good place to start:
A Comprehensive Treatment
http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/In this website you can find the most frequent verbs in context -their meanings and their particle meanings. Lots of collocations, some games and a small glossary: http://www.phrasalverbdemon.com/dictionarya.htm.
I believe the author (a teacher of course) has done a great job in balancing grammar, meaning and context. Two thumbs up!
A Traditional ApproachVarying the method of study can help you focus on the different aspects that make a phrasal a complex little thing. Sometimes a traditional grammar list can be useful.
Here is a good one:
http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch27.html
Includes: Grammar Explanations, lists with definitions and examples, some exercises.

The Structure of a Phrasal Verb
Now you discover phrasal verbs are actually multi-word verbs which can be transitive or intransitive, separable or inseparable. It is important to know the structure and usage of the verb you want to learn. We need a lot of examples!Here is a searchable list with one sentence examples of all types of phrasal verbs.http://www.ccas.ru/olenev/english/phverbs.htmlIncludes: A list with formal English definitions and an example. Simple and concise.

A Topic-based ApproachPerhaps you haven’t solved all your grammar doubts about phrasal verbs reading all of the above. Anyway, you need to see them and hear them in context. Grouping vocabulary according to topic will certainly help you to remember them.
Here is the BBC Funky Phrasals with mini dialogues about health, childhood, career, and holidays. You just can’t miss it!
BBC Learning English
Includes: Scrip and audio.
What do I need to learn? I mean, for the FCE exam…
Are Phrasals Formal or Informal?After reviewing context, structure and topics we still have to review the question of register. This is paramount for using phrasals in your FCE writing paper. This website will help you learn formal equivalents of some phrasal verbs:
http://www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/phrasal.html
Includes: 14 practice texts with latinate verbs compared to phrasal verbs.
Remember: The meaning of a phrasal does not always apply on a one to one correspondence to the meanings of its formal equivalent. Then, context is vital if not everything here.

How about some extra exercises?
What? You still want more practice?
All right. Here it goes:
http://www.eflnet.com/pverbs/index.php
Includes: Quizzes and lots of links to exercises.

Conclusions
Regardless your learning style, I would advise you to try all of them. Or at least do not fall in love with only one type of exercise. The mind gets bored and that is precisely the instant in which learning stops.
So take it easy, when you are tired, give yourself a break and come back to this post some other time, try one more exercise or two.

In a nutshell, when learning phrasal verbs, don’t give up, keep it up!




PHRASAL VERBS ( TRANSITIVE VERBS WITH PARTICLES AND PREPOSITIONS )

6 Ene

Idioms: Transitive Verbs with Particles and Prepositions

The idioms below activity formed with a transitive verb + particle + preposition.

You should understand these expressions, know other ways of saying the same thing, and know which of these synonyms to use in a particular context. You can learn a lot about an idiom if you look at the context of its use. Try to guess the meaning of each idiom as it is used in the following sentences. Then, click on any idiom for complete explanations and examples, but be aware that these expressions may have other meanings not listed here. Remember: you can use Word Neighbors to find out how frequently any expression is used in English.

1. At first he stuck to his own opinion stubbornly, but finally we brought him around to our way of thinking.

2. For a long time my friend didn’t trust me with his secret, but eventually he let me in on it.

3. Mr. Jones looked forward to the day when he could turn his business over to his son.

4. I need a lot of money if I want to take a year off from work in order to travel, so each month I’m setting $100 aside for this purpose.

5. He wanted to go into the matter in more detail, so he asked if he could talk it over with me the following week.

6. I knew almost nothing about the proposed project, so I asked my secretary to filled me in on the important facts.

7. The speaker only touched briefly on the main points, so I couldn’t get much out of the talk.

8. Since I had no authority to approve his plans; I asked him to take it up with the president before he proceeded.

9. Many men don’t really care much about where they live, and they often leave it up to their wives to find a place.

10. Because she couldn’t hold back her anger any longer, she decided to have it out with her boyfriend.

PHRASAL VERBS ( TRANSITIVE VERBS WITH PARTICLES AND PREPOSITIONS )

6 Ene

Idioms: Transitive Verbs with Particles and Prepositions

The idioms below activity formed with a transitive verb + particle + preposition.

You should understand these expressions, know other ways of saying the same thing, and know which of these synonyms to use in a particular context. You can learn a lot about an idiom if you look at the context of its use. Try to guess the meaning of each idiom as it is used in the following sentences. Then, click on any idiom for complete explanations and examples, but be aware that these expressions may have other meanings not listed here. Remember: you can use Word Neighbors to find out how frequently any expression is used in English.

1. At first he stuck to his own opinion stubbornly, but finally we brought him around to our way of thinking.

2. For a long time my friend didn’t trust me with his secret, but eventually he let me in on it.

3. Mr. Jones looked forward to the day when he could turn his business over to his son.

4. I need a lot of money if I want to take a year off from work in order to travel, so each month I’m setting $100 aside for this purpose.

5. He wanted to go into the matter in more detail, so he asked if he could talk it over with me the following week.

6. I knew almost nothing about the proposed project, so I asked my secretary to filled me in on the important facts.

7. The speaker only touched briefly on the main points, so I couldn’t get much out of the talk.

8. Since I had no authority to approve his plans; I asked him to take it up with the president before he proceeded.

9. Many men don’t really care much about where they live, and they often leave it up to their wives to find a place.

10. Because she couldn’t hold back her anger any longer, she decided to have it out with her boyfriend.

PHRASAL VERBS ( TRANSITIVE VERBS WITH PARTICLES AND PREPOSITIONS )

6 Ene

Idioms: Transitive Verbs with Particles and Prepositions

The idioms below activity formed with a transitive verb + particle + preposition.

You should understand these expressions, know other ways of saying the same thing, and know which of these synonyms to use in a particular context. You can learn a lot about an idiom if you look at the context of its use. Try to guess the meaning of each idiom as it is used in the following sentences. Then, click on any idiom for complete explanations and examples, but be aware that these expressions may have other meanings not listed here. Remember: you can use Word Neighbors to find out how frequently any expression is used in English.

1. At first he stuck to his own opinion stubbornly, but finally we brought him around to our way of thinking.

2. For a long time my friend didn’t trust me with his secret, but eventually he let me in on it.

3. Mr. Jones looked forward to the day when he could turn his business over to his son.

4. I need a lot of money if I want to take a year off from work in order to travel, so each month I’m setting $100 aside for this purpose.

5. He wanted to go into the matter in more detail, so he asked if he could talk it over with me the following week.

6. I knew almost nothing about the proposed project, so I asked my secretary to filled me in on the important facts.

7. The speaker only touched briefly on the main points, so I couldn’t get much out of the talk.

8. Since I had no authority to approve his plans; I asked him to take it up with the president before he proceeded.

9. Many men don’t really care much about where they live, and they often leave it up to their wives to find a place.

10. Because she couldn’t hold back her anger any longer, she decided to have it out with her boyfriend.

PHRASAL VERBS ( TRANSITIVE VERBS WITH PARTICLES AND PREPOSITIONS )

6 Ene

Idioms: Transitive Verbs with Particles and Prepositions

The idioms below activity formed with a transitive verb + particle + preposition.

You should understand these expressions, know other ways of saying the same thing, and know which of these synonyms to use in a particular context. You can learn a lot about an idiom if you look at the context of its use. Try to guess the meaning of each idiom as it is used in the following sentences. Then, click on any idiom for complete explanations and examples, but be aware that these expressions may have other meanings not listed here. Remember: you can use Word Neighbors to find out how frequently any expression is used in English.

1. At first he stuck to his own opinion stubbornly, but finally we brought him around to our way of thinking.

2. For a long time my friend didn’t trust me with his secret, but eventually he let me in on it.

3. Mr. Jones looked forward to the day when he could turn his business over to his son.

4. I need a lot of money if I want to take a year off from work in order to travel, so each month I’m setting $100 aside for this purpose.

5. He wanted to go into the matter in more detail, so he asked if he could talk it over with me the following week.

6. I knew almost nothing about the proposed project, so I asked my secretary to filled me in on the important facts.

7. The speaker only touched briefly on the main points, so I couldn’t get much out of the talk.

8. Since I had no authority to approve his plans; I asked him to take it up with the president before he proceeded.

9. Many men don’t really care much about where they live, and they often leave it up to their wives to find a place.

10. Because she couldn’t hold back her anger any longer, she decided to have it out with her boyfriend.