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Achille
Phrasal verbs

One of the most difficult things (if not the most difficult) in the Learning of English is the phrasal verbs. I know it is possible to express an idea without any phrasal verb but I think it would sound completely unatural. Is there some tricks or a particular method to learn them ?

Are there any ressources which could help in the learning process of those phrases ?

Ps. I'm almost sure this kind of question has already been asked here, but I don't really know. 

Thanks !


Mar 18, 2018 3:01 PM
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A trick in learning phrasal verbs in not to learn them, but perceive as they are in a context.  Sure that there are basic phrasal verbs as keep on, put away, run out etc. that we have to learn by heart. Then when you know the basis, build a house with the help of analogies. [emoji] 
March 18, 2018
Like i said, as a native English speaker I never heard the expression „phrasal verbs“ until coming here and I don’t know how they work in English. I just go by what sounds right to me and what sounds wrong. But, in German, my second language I learned in my late teens and early 20s, and one I’ve  kept up on, it avoids the problem of „phrasal verbs“ entirely by a really simple technique. Let’s say in English we say „I turn the light on.“ I suppose „turn“ and „on“ in the sentence combine to convey the meaning. But there’s no such verb in English as „onturn.“ Right? So. somehow you have to create this strange thing called phrasal verbs to convey the meaning. Contrast this with German and the entire problem is avoided because the actual verb in German for „turn on, switch on“, such as a light,  translates literally into English as a single verb, „onturn.“ And it’s used in such a way as to convey the meaning „to turn on“ by just separating the „on“ part of the verb from „turn“ and placing it at the end of the sentence (as a general rule). So, in German, all you need to know is whether the verb is what’s called a separable verb, or not. if it is separable, then you just split it off like I described. And, now boom. You’ve said „turn on.“ But, it’s easy to remember because the actual verb is just „onturn.“ To me that makes German grammar far easier than English grammar, and much more logical, at least as far as verbs are concerned. My first German teacher said she thought English grammar was actually harder than German grammar. People can debate that both ways, but I tend to think she was right, especially as far as English verb formation is concerned. 
April 29, 2018

## Diana Owaykn

A phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of a main verb together with an adverb or a preposition, or both. 

eg. I asked her out but she turned me down, maybe I turn her off :) (phrasal verb here is turn down and turn off). I think if someone wants to speak like a native (ie. fluently) he has to be able to understand and use those phrase which have almost always several meanings (the real fight :) )


March 21, 2018
Many years ago I've seen the book 'English to get on with' which focused on learning phrasal verbs. But I'm not sure if it is still accessible somewhere. 
March 18, 2018

@Achille

Sometimes you may find an old used vesion of the book I mentioned:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Get-Practice-Phrasal-Prepositional/dp/0435281054


April 16, 2018
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Achille
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Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Spanish
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