Sharon Business EU
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15 Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs for Computers and Technology



<font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">hrasal verbs are commonly used in everyday English. Here are 15 of the most commonly used phrasal verbs. </font>



<font style="font-size: 10pt">Back-up</font> to make another copy and store it in a safe place


<font style="font-size: 10pt">L</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">og-in</font> to enter your name and password into the computer or a website


<font style="font-size: 10pt">L</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">og out / off </font> to exit from your computer or a website


<font style="font-size: 10pt">B</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">oot-up</font> to start the computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">S</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">croll up/down</font> to move slowly up or down the page


<font style="font-size: 10pt">C</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">lick-on</font> to move the mouse over a button or object and click on it


<font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">lug in</font> to insert the plug into the power socket


<font style="font-size: 10pt">Key</font><font style="font-size: 10pt"> in</font> or <font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">ut in</font>. to type the word/ number or code into the computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">op-up</font> something that appears suddenly on the screen. This often relates to ads popping up on the screen


<font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">ower up</font> to start the computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">rint out</font> to make a paper copy of something from a computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">S</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">hut down</font> to turn off the computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">T</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">urn on /off </font> to start to or  close down the computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">Set up</font> to put together pieces of the hardware for the computer


<font style="font-size: 10pt">P</font><font style="font-size: 10pt">ull down</font> to click on a word or function that open a list of options.

Apr 17, 2018 5:43 PM
Comments · 3
A phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of a main verb together with a preposition or an adverb, or both. Often, the meaning of the phrasal verb is not obvious from the meanings of the individual words themselves. You often have to look at the context of the sentence to work out the meaning of the phrase.  

Phrasal verbs can be both Transitive (i.e. they can have an object) and Intransitive ( (i.e. they have no object).

Phrasal Verbs can be used as a verb or we can change them into nouns or adjectives.

When we use a phrasal verb as a verb we use two or three separate words however when we combine them together as a closed compound or use a hyphen we are turning them into a noun or adjective.  An example is breakdown or turn-out.  There are no hard and fast rules as to whether we use a hyphen or not, so check your dictionary if you are not sure. 

And remember, you can end a sentence with a phrasal verb as in  They kissed and made up
April 18, 2018
English grammar is very confusing. So a phrasal verb is one of those words, or something like it, with a little in or out added to it? I don’t understand why some get dashes and others don’t. Hum. And why do some sound like nouns to me? Strange. Like a pop-up sounds like a thing to me, a noun. 
April 18, 2018
Thank you Sharon!
April 17, 2018