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15 Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs for Computers and Technology



Phrasal verbs are commonly used in everyday English. Here are 15 of the most commonly used phrasal verbs.



Back-up to make another copy and store it in a safe place


Log-in to enter your name and password into the computer or a website


Log out / off to exit from your computer or a website


Boot-up to start the computer


Scroll up/down to move slowly up or down the page


Click-on to move the mouse over a button or object and click on it


Plug in to insert the plug into the power socket


Key in or Put in. to type the word/ number or code into the computer


Pop-up something that appears suddenly on the screen. This often relates to ads popping up on the screen


Power up to start the computer


Print out to make a paper copy of something from a computer


Shut down to turn off the computer


Turn on /off to start to or  close down the computer


Set up to put together pieces of the hardware for the computer


Pull down 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
Sharon BIZ Expert EU
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