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Give the examples...


  1. Did you check it out?
  2. Did you check the book out?
  3. Did you check Netflix out?
  4. Did you check the recommendation out?
  5. Did you clean it out?
  6. Did you wipe it off?
  7. Did you log it in?
  8. Did you log the evidence in?
  9. Did you wrap it up?
  10. Did you wrap the gift up?
  11. Did you lock the house up?
  12. Did you lock it up?
  13. Did you check out the book?
  14. Did you check out Netflix?
  15. Did you check out the recommendation?
  16. Did you log in the evidence?
  17. Did you wrap up the gift?
  18. Did you lock up the house?


  1. Did you check out it?
  2. Did you clean out it?
  3. Did you wipe off it?
  4. Did you log in it?
  5. Did you wrap up it?
  6. Did you lock up it?

All the above A's sound fine to me; but the B's don't.

The only pattern I see is, the sentences ending with the object it. But the other objects seem fine with the same usage.

Is there some rule why the B's shouldn't be used? Or are they just not common, so sound odd?



  1. Did you back up the car?
  2. Did you back up John?
  3. Did you back up everybody?
  4. Did you back up nothing?
  5. Did you back up any?
  6. Did you blow up balloons?
  7. Did you help me out?
  8. Did you help them out?
  9. Did you wipe that off?
  10. Did you back the car up?
  11. Did you back it up?
  12. Did you back her up?
  13. Did you back John up?
  14. Did you back everybody up?
  15. Did you back nothing up?
  16. Did you back any up?
  17. Did you blow balloons up?


  1. Did you back up it?
  2. Did you back up her?
  3. Did you help out me?
  4. Did you help out them?
  5. Did you wipe off that?

As I added more examples, I'm noticing this has more to do with the objects (it, me, her, that, them) than the phrasal verbs.

marked as duplicate by choster, Jason Bassford Supports Monica, Peter Shor , Mitch, jimm101 Feb 28 at 16:36

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