Phrasal Verb | Online English Lessons

February 13, 2013 by Angela 8 Comments

Phrasal verbs ask out – to ask somebody out (or ask out somebody) is to ask them to go on a date with you, as a way of starting a romantic relationship with them. Example: He is too scared to ask her out.   blurt out – to blurt out something (or blurt something out) is to say something suddenly and impulsively, especially because you are nervous or … [Read more…]

November 13, 2012 by Angela Boothroyd 3 Comments

To sneak up is to approach a person or an animal without them seeing or hearing you. Often used with ‘on’ – sneak up on   Examples of use: 1. The cat sneaked up on the bird. 2. Don’t sneak up on me like that – you scared me! 3. They sneaked up behind him and nearly gave him a heart attack. 4. Only a Ninja can sneak up on another Ninja If something … [Read more…]

November 4, 2012 by Angela Boothroyd 1 Comment

The phrasal verb ‘die back’ is an expression you might hear often in autumn and winter. When a plant dies back, the parts that are above the ground die, but the roots stay alive and the plant grows again in the spring.   Examples of use: 1. Does this plant die back in winter? 2. The garden always looks so untidy when the plants are dying … [Read more…]

June 30, 2012 by Angela Boothroyd 2 Comments

To plumb in something (or plumb something in) is to connect a washing machine, toilet, bath, etc. to the water pipes in a room. Examples of use: 1. I’m waiting for the plumber to come and plumb in our new washing machine. 2. Our bath isn’t plumbed in yet so we have to wash in the sink. 3. When he was plumbing the toilet in he broke the water pipe and … [Read more…]

June 29, 2012 by Angela Boothroyd 3 Comments

Many English language learners say they find English phrasal verbs hard to learn. I’m writing some more resources to help you learn phrasal verbs and I would love to know if you enjoy learning them, or if you hate them and find them difficult to learn! Please complete the poll below. You can also tell me how you feel about phrasal verbs, and what resources and … [Read more…]