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There seem to be three categories for tri-part phrasal verbs:

  1. genuine non-separable (come up with);
  2. flexible in that the final particle can be omitted (brush up (on);
  3. mandatory separable (talk (.) out of).

Are there any that have been missed here?

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You're not distinguishing transitive from intransitive, nor ones that allow Particle Shift from those that don't. Nor ones that are demonstrably prepositional phrases from those that aren't. It's not just a matter of how many words there are; these things are not linear. –  John Lawler Jul 12 '13 at 22:31
    
You have not answered the question clearly at all. Sorry, I specifically asked about tri-part phrasal verbs and not about bi-parts or other forms. There is no need to discuss transitives or intransitives, I merely asked about the categories for tri-parts. These three are most common, but are there more? That is the question. Cheers! –  Patrick T. Randolph Jul 13 '13 at 3:58
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John is (I believe) saying that your classification is itself unhelpful - it would be far more logical to analyse MWVs (or at least the subset not containing what look like nouns, adjectives or second verbs) as a whole. For instance, we need to decide whether 'walk away from' is best treated as a three-orthographic-word lexeme (here, a MWV) or not, before we can go any deeper into analysis. –  Edwin Ashworth Jul 13 '13 at 10:05
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@PatrickT.Randolph: I was not trying to answer the question; comments are intended to clarify unclear questions before deciding whether they can be answered. You asked for other categories; I mentioned a few. –  John Lawler Jul 13 '13 at 16:16
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"Tri-part phrasal verbs" is not a standard category term, and could be used in a lot of different ways, depending on context and intention. Given lack of context, I, at least, am unclear on what counts as a "part", and how you define "phrasal verb". For instance, is go sit down a tri-part phrasal verb? If not, why not? What are the constraints? And what kind of "separation" are we talking about here? Particle Shift? Adverbs? Indirect objects? –  John Lawler Jul 13 '13 at 16:19
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