30 common phrasal verbs with examples you need to know!
Learn these 30 common English phrasal verbs to improve your English vocabulary and sound more natural speaking in English. In this video lesson, we will go through 30 common English phrasal verbs, by different topics, to help you sound more natural when speaking in English.
Friends, please note that one phrasal verb can have many different meanings, depending on the context it is being used in. For this reason, I have divided this lesson up into different topics, to better help you remember and most importantly use these phrasal verbs when speaking in English
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Phrasal Verbs related to Problems
to talk something over
if you talk something over with somebody, you discuss something, especially in order to agree upon something or decide something
I need to talk things over with you.
The boss talked over the proposal with his partners and decided to approve the merge.
You and I need to talk our problems over right now
to deal with something
if you deal with something, you solve a problem
Have you dealt with your problems yet?
My sister is very good at dealing with pressure.
We need to deal with the problems in our relationship right now.
to face up to something
if you face up to something, you accept and deal with something unpleasant or difficult
I have to face up to the fact that we’re never getting back together again.
You need to face up to your responsibilities.
Just face up the fact that everything has changed
to come up with something
if you come up with an idea, you think of something that could solve a problem
She came up with a new idea for her shop.
I can’t come up with anything that would make sense.
to narrow something down also: narrow sth down to sth
if you narrow something down, you reduce the number of possibilities
We have narrowed down the list to four options.
You need to narrow down the possibilities.
They narrowed down the options
Phrasal Verbs related to driving
to drop off somebody
drop off somebody
if you drop off somebody, you stop so that they can get out of a car
Can you drop me to school?
I will drop you near the bank on the way to work.
to drop off something
if you drop off something, you deliver it on the way to somewhere else
I will drop it off later.
You left your phone at my house, but I can drop it off on my way to work tomorrow.
to pull up
if a vehicle or its driver pulls up, it stops
I pulled up at the traffic lights.
He pulled up at the station.
When I called them, they had just pulled up at the traffic lights
to draw up
if a vehicle draws up, it arrives to its destination and stops
They drew up outside our house.
The cab drew up outside my apartment.
I drew up outside your house.
to knock down somebody also: knock over sb, knock sb down, knock sb over
if you knock down somebody, you hit them so they fall to the ground
He got knocked down by a bus.
My friend was little when he was knocked down by a truck.
My grandma was knocked down by a car.
to run over somebody also: run over sth, run sb over, run sth over
if you run over somebody, you knock them down and drive over them
Two children were run over and died in the hospital.
Hurry up! A child has just been run over. He ran over a dog
Phrasal Verbs related to Information
to come under something
if something comes under something, it means that it is included or may be found in a particular group
What heading does this information come under?
This information comes under the paragraph about e-learning.
You can find this in the dictionary. It comes under the section about pronunciation
to point our something/that
if you point out something, you mention it in order to inform somebody about it
She pointed out the incongruity in the documents.
Jack pointed out the dangers of travelling alone. I should point out that I’m not interested in selling my house
to turn to something/somebody
if you turn to somebody, you ask them for help or advice
Unfortunately, I have nobody to turn to in case of emergency.
You can always turn to me if you need to.
My boss always turns to his secretary when he has troubles.
to latch on to something
if you latch on to something, you understand an idea or what somebody is saying
It was difficult for him to understand the question, but he soon latched on.
It was about time that he latched on to the truth.
I can’t seem to latch on to this problem.
to take something in
if you take something in, you understand something that you hear or read
I’ve just realized that I haven’t taken anything in.
I just can’t take what you said in.It was hard for her to take the news in
Phrasal Verbs related to Emotions
to brighten up also: brighten sb up
if you brighten up, you become happier
Her eyes brightened up when she saw him.
A smile brightened his face
.I brightened up at his words of encouragement.
to cheer up also: cheer up sb, cheer up sth, cheer sb up, cheer sth up
if you cheer up, you become more cheerful
Come on, cheer up!
Don’t be so sad. Bright curtains will cheer up this dull room.
My sister needs cheering up. She had an argument with her boyfriend.
to be hung up also: hung up on sth, hung up on sb, hung up about sth, hung up about sb
if you are hung upon something, you are thinking about it too much
Is your brother still hung up on that girl?
He’s too hung up about tennis.
My sister is still hung up on her ex-boyfriend.
to break down
if you break down, you lose control of your feelings and start crying
I broke down and cried when I heard the news.
My sister broke down when she heard that her friend died.
My mother broke down when my father passed away
to cool down also: cool off
if you cool down, you become calm or less enthusiastic
You need to cool down.
Don’t be so excited. I think you should wait until he’s cooled down a little.
I need to cool down. I’m too enthusiastic about this whole thing
Phrasal Verbs related to persuading
to put forward something or put something forward also: put sth forward
if you put forward something, you suggest that something should be discussed
My boss has put forward the suggestion of merging companies.
I have to put forward the question of money.
We have to put forward the question of our budget
to put something to somebody
if you put something to somebody, you suggest something to somebody so that they can decide whether they will accept or reject it
My proposal will be put to the board of directors.
Your idea will be put to discussion at the next meeting
The merge will be put to the boss so that he can decide about it.
to talk somebody around/round also: talk sb round to sth
if you talk somebody around, you persuade them to accept something or agree to something
We finally managed to talk them around to our idea of merging the two companies
I talked him around and we finally agreed on buying a bigger house.
My sister talked me around and guess what, we’re getting a dog
to talk somebody into something also: talk sb into doing sth, talk sb out of sth
if you talk somebody into something, you persuade them either to do or not to do something
I didn’t want to get a bigger house but my husband talked me into it.
She tried to talk him out of moving to London.
I tried to talk my sister out of going to Brazil.
to talk somebody out of something/doing something also: talk sb out of doing sth
if you talk somebody out of something, you persuade them not to do what they wanted to do
Luckily, I talked him out of quitting his job.
He tried to talk me out of moving to London.
I talked him out of breaking up with his girlfriend
Phrasal Verbs related to Work
to get ahead also: get ahead of sb
if you get ahead, you make progress
My sister wants to get ahead in her career.
My son got ahead of the others in his class.
I need to get ahead in my job, I’m lagging behind.
to take on somebody/something also: take sth on, take sb on
if you take on something, you decide to do it
I just can’t take on any extra work.
I’m already too busy.My office is not taking on any new clients at the moment.
My husband is so busy. He has just taken on some extra work.
to take somebody on
if you take somebody on, you hire them
Our company is taking on new staff.
My sister was taken on as a trainee. Now, she’s the head of department.
I need to take on a new trainee.
to fill somebody in also: fill sb in on sth
if you fill somebody in, you tell them about something that has happened
Wait a second, I’ll fill you in on the meeting. I need to fill you in on the latest gossip.
Do you happen to know the latest rumour? I’ll fill you in!
to hand over also: hand over to sb, hand sth over, hand sth over to sb
if you hand something over, you give somebody else responsible for something
He resigned and handed over to his son.
He handed over his responsibility to me.
My dad handed over to my brother
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