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annettepicconi
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Phrasal Verbs beginning with the letter "A"
ACCOUNT FOR
(inseparable)to explain

George's wife was angry at him because he could not account for the lipstick on his collar.

ACQUAINT WITH
(separable)to make someone aware of or familiar with someone or something

You should acquaint yourself with cultures from around the world.

ACT UP
(intransitive)to behave poorly(human);to reoccur(disease);to malfunction(machine)

I think I'll stand rather than sit because my hemorrhoids are acting up again

ADD ON
(separable)to increase or enhance something by joining or uniting something to it

We've decided to add on another bedroom to the house.

ADD UP
(intransitive)to result in a certain total

I've calculated that over and over, but it just doesn't add up.

ADD UP TO
(inseparable)to result in a certain total

The money I lost in the slot machines added up to over three hundred dollars.

ASK FOR
(inseparable)to deserve a negative consequence

George is asking for trouble.

ASK IN
(separable)to request someone to come in

At the end of the date, I asked Mary in.

ASK OUT
(separable)to request someone to go on a date with you

I asked Mary out again. She refused.

Feb 10, 2013 1:58 PM
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Hi Natalie,

 

I can understand why you feel that it sounds a little reduntant; however it is a phrasal verb and this is the native English usuage. Your sentence "We've decided to add another bedroom to the house" is correct; however it is more native like to hear the phrase "add on" in this case.  Great comment.

February 24, 2013

Hi Annette,

 

It seems that "on" as in "add on" is a bit reduntant, doesn't it? I can't tell any difference between "We've decided to add another bedroom to the house." and "We've decided to add on another bedroom to the house."

February 11, 2013
annettepicconi
Language Skills
English, Italian
Learning Language
Italian