Some of my students are struggling to understand phrasal verbs - identifying them and using them. Any suggestions on how to best explain the concept?

2 Answers


Phrasal verbs are a verb plus a preposition. For example fall out. They are more informal than the full verb which is argue. To fall out with someone is to argue and then not be friends for a while. Another example is SPLIT UP. Verb—split. plus preposition—up. This is the informal way of saying to separate.


A Phrasal verb is a the combination of a verb and a particle (technically speaking they are not prepositions), whose meaning together is different from the meaning of the verb and the preposition used separately. They just need to be learned as a unit. At the beginning they just need to memorize them and there isn't much to explain really.

Your answer

Privacy: Your email address will only be used for sending these notifications.

To avoid this verification in future, please log in or register.
... (short: is an online community for learning foreign languages.
It represents an open knowledge base. Every member can share and gain knowledge about a new language.