What is a phrasal verb?

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edited June 2019 in Grammar

Phrasal verbs

Teachers often say to students that a verb is a 'phrasal verb' in English.

This means that there is a verb, for example, look and a preposition which follows it which changes its meaning, in this case, after or into.

To "look after" someone or something means to take care of it. "She has to look after her younger sister for an hour after school"; while to "look into" means to investigate. "The remote control does not work anymore, could you look into it and see what's wrong?"

Many, many verbs in English change meaning depending on the preposition which follows the verb. Start here to begin learning phrasal verbs.

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