Questions tagged [phrasal-verbs]

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a verb with both an adverb and a preposition.

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what is the appropriate answer to this clause?

I got this question, but I'm very confused between A and D.
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Phrasal verb: Wash upon

Non-native english speaker here. The context is songwriting. Can a tide "wash upon" someone or something?
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Phrasal verb “scale out”

I received an email from my advisor and he uses the verb "scale out". Since I am not an english native speaker, I tried to find the definition on the web but didn't find anything useful. The ...
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The difference between “have got” and “have got to”?

I have been asked about the difference between Have got Have got to Are they considered as present perfect forms?
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Observation: “Take back” is used in impolite speech, while “Bring back” is used in polite speech. Is there any basis to this?

I'm an English teacher working with an advanced student. They asked me to teach them how to ask for help or support when things aren't going they way they should. I decided to teach him that it is ...
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Subject + caution; advise +object + recognize; acknowledge

I am in limbo about the syntax of a certain sentence I am formulating. To me, the following sentence (with the alternative word choice combinations) is intelligible and grammatical; however, when I ...
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How to describe situation when two people can't meet?

How to describe situation when two people can't meet cause they're never at the same place at the same time. Example: John and Michael are friends. They both do the shopping at the local shop every ...
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What is the difference between “out of”, “from” and “off (of)”? [closed]

I dont know when to use each of them when it comes to places I know how to use "out of" and "off" like get in the car and get off roof but in these sentence it says: the teachers ...
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which one is grammarly correct? past/met or present\ meet [migrated]

I'd like to thank you for taking the time to meet me last day or I'd like to thank you for taking the time to met me last day?
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Passive of “show off”

I came across this sentence in a novel: I wonder if she had been the same as me, always being showed off by that genius... Usually the phrasal verb "show off" is used in active voice, so I ...
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“to walk something” meaning “to carry something”?

This is from a book "Confess" by Colleen Hoover. "To walk something" meaning "to carry" or "to bring" - is this just a case of a missed word ("with") ...
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Are prepositional verbs a sub-classification of phrasal verbs or considered a totally separate category? [duplicate]

In researching the classification of verbs that are accompanied by other words that may be adverbs or prepositions it seems like some sources favor prepositional verbs as a sub-category and others ...
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How to describe putting on a coat [closed]

Is there a way to "he put on his coat" without actually using the verb "put on"? A friend suggested "he dressed his coat" but it sounds very strange to me.
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What is the origin of extra prepositions added after verbs in Indian English?

It seems that speakers of Indian English often add prepositions to create phrasal verbs in situations where the verb would have been sufficient on its own. Some examples I have noticed: to "pass ...
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having the ability to “enthuse for” or “enthuse with”?

I'm proofreading an application and there is this sentence I'm a bit sceptical about: "Apart from that, I have the ability to enthuse myself and others with something new." Wouldn't it be ...
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Word Request— word for fumbling and being clumsy with pronunciation

I was wondering for a long while, and I can't seem to find the word. I'm thinking of the way people, when feeling strong emotion, replace 'r's with 'w's, and generally are clumsy with their ...
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How to use the phrase “looks like”?

Does the phrase "looks like" can mean that two objects are the same? For example if I say "This car looks like John's car" and the car is indeed John's car am I lying?
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What does it mean when a dog 'takes over'?

What does it mean when a dog 'takes over'? I've seen it in the Out Stealing Horses (2019) movie. the conversation they had is this: First person: Border collie is the smartest dog in the world. ...
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Uses of the phrasal-verb “settle down”

Can I use the phrasal-verb "settle down" in the following contexts: "I have to settle down what I learned" - to study more deeply, to review subjects that were previous learned &...
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What does “leak over” mean?

From this excerpt: "How the situation of Falun Gong practitioners in Hong Kong evolves in the coming months and how much of the repression leaks over from the mainland is a very important space ...
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Use of preposition “of” after “ask,” “inquire,” and “inquiry”

I’m mystified about the use of the preposition “of” after the verb “ask” and “inquire” and the noun “inquiry.” Would someone help me, please? First, do these two sentences mean the same thing? I ...
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meaning of OUT as in “ACTING OUT IN CLASS”

I've been working on dividing phrasal verbs into groups (according to the meaning of their particle aka adverb) and can't figure out the exact meaning of "acting out in class" From my ...
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how shall i use ACT ON phrasal verb and sound like a american people?

Hello everyone I am new here and I would like learn more about this phrasal verb in english I was looking for some examples about that I found this: (act on/upon something) to do something because ...
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What's the correct way: “Helped me go through” or “Helped me going through”?

Huge discussion here at home. My daughter insists that in her speech is correct saying: "Good friendships helped me go through tough times" Her father insists that it should say either: &...
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Hold (one) by the throat

I am reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. There is a statement by Hank Rearden - 'You concluded that I was the safest person in the world for you to spit on, precisely because I held you by the throat.'...
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Why the expression “put on the socks” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I know, this seems so natural, but what's the logic behind this? Is there any difference between the above and.... Put the socks on This one seems more right to me....cause I think it's an ...
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verb-with-preposition and verb-with-other-preposition

Abstruse algorithms have been derived for, and implemented in, superfluous software --- correct? readable? better with or without commas?
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Prepositional phrasal verbs in passive voice

I wanted to clarify the question of prepositional phrasal verbs for myself. I have faced a tricky sentence, and I would like to discover if I can change the location of the preposition 'at'. If not, I ...
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“Ever” placement in between a particle and a preposition

A line in At Middleton goes: Did you read up ever on this bell tower? This sentence has "ever" inserted inside a particle-prepositional verb, before the preposition and after the particle. ...
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Getting as set off by it

I'm reading an article about anxiety. The author says that when people feel anxious, they try to make themselves feel better by applying all kinds of coping techniques (e.g. deep breathing). Then it ...
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What does “put out” mean in the following context? [closed]

What does "put out" mean in the following context? I, myself, who find sundown something of a surprise every evening, have been pursued by foreign journalists asking what the pandemic will mean ...
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Difference between swot up and mug up

Well, actually, that is the question. What is the difference between these two phrasal verbs? Both of them mean to cram, to study intensively before an exam. She's at home, swotting up on her maths. ...
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What's the meaning of “set himself to”? [closed]

“When I saw him that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set himself to hunt down.” I have found these sentence in ...
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A verb phrase “[verb] up” meaning someone is easily buying whatever he sees on TV

I came across this phrase "[verb] up" twice on The Guardian Reader's comments section when readers were talking about someone tends to not raise much objection to whatever the person is told or ...
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“Have with” as a phrasal verb

Is "have with" considered a phrasal verb? As in the sentence: "I don't have my wallet with me." The only dictionary that recognizes "have with" as a phrasal verb is Merriam - Webster. https://www....
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What is the correct way to say ? Let me put my point or let me put up my point

I would like to know what seems more accurate. Let me put my point. Let me put up my point. I know that "Put up" is a phrasal verb which definitely have scenarios to be used more appropriately but ...
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When did “eke toward(s)” develop?

I went to use the phrase “eke toward” today, in the sense of “very gradually but increasingly move toward”. I thought this was cromulent, because I’ve heard & used it occasionally in the past. But ...
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Definition of 'cut out in'

I was reading 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' for the sake of improving my English and have not found the definition of the phrasal verb in bold: ‘I don’t know much about the tariff and things of ...
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Word or phrasal verb?

Which one is less awkard to native English speakers, a phrasal verb or a word, in function or variable naming? For example: Set up tracker module or install tracker module. I already know the pros ...
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Is “replace it by x” actually correct?

I've always been under the impression that, in standard English, "replace" is only paired with "by" in the passive voice, and that "replace with" is the correct active ...
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After spacing out

What phrasal verb/phrase/expression should be used to describe someone who has regained control of themselves after spacing out?
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Difference between Pray for and pray over

What is the difference between "Pray for" and "pray over"??i found this word in a novel named "the testaments" by Margaret Atwood where it was mentioned as such:" There were rumours about the Rachel ...
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Which is correct? uploaded to or uploaded on

Attached please find all the documents that I have uploaded on my cloud so far. or Attached please find all the documents that I have uploaded to my cloud so far.
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It is a question about phrasal verbs related to perspective

Let's imagine a situation in which you have people being caught and going to jail. You can say " they are taking people into jail". Now the first question: is this sentence correct when I use the ...
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Get around (intransitive): say or do something at last

Get around (intransitive verb): finally to say or do something after delay, hesitation, or being involved with other things I wondered when you'd get around to telling me that. Microsoft® ...
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Why does “for that” change the meaning if combined with “up,” but not with “down”?

(1) I'm up for that = someone stating their own interest/availability for what "that" refers to Bob: "Hey, wanna go get coffee?" Zack: "Yeah man, I'm up for that." (2) I'm up = a) a person ...
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Slang etymology of “up” and “down” in phrasal verbs [duplicate]

In this, "to be" is the base verb, conjugated in the first, singular, present tense "am". The verb is then put in a contraction with first, singular, pronoun "I" to create "I'm". This contraction is ...
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TO HIT MILL Meaning?

I just heard it from two people trying to set a place for their first date. Boy: Where you wanna go? Girl: Steakhouse. Boy: Ok, I'm down for that. Girl: We can "Hit mill"? Boy: Sure, let's ...
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to bail out vs to back out

In computer science, I have often come across the expression to back out meaning to say that a function is returned from before performing its actual task, as in this imaginary code comment: double ...
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“accrue to”, does it have a particular meaning such as ascribed to?

The nature and scope of legally important behavior, as well as the rights and obligations that accrue to participant agents, are internally related to the point of joint action: that which our joint ...

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