November 1st, 2012 in Expressions
Phrasal verbs are two-word verbs consisting of a verb and a preposition or an adverb participle. There are two kinds of phrasal verbs – separable and non-separable.
In the case of separable phrasal verbs, the particle can go before or after the object. The two-parts of a separable phrasal verb must be separated when the object is a pronoun.
The two parts of an inseparable phrasal verb cannot be separated. They go together even when the object is a personal pronoun. Here is a list of the most common inseparable phrasal verbs.
Call on = visit
He continued to call on us even after moving to another city.
Get over = recover from sickness or disappointment
It is not easy to get over a broken heart.
Go over = review
Students must go over their lessons before the exam.
Go through = use up, consume
He has already gone through all his money.
The world will soon go through its coal reserves.
Look after = take care of
Who will look after your cat when you are gone?
Look into = investigate
The police should look into the possibility of sabotage.
Run across = find by chance
At the college reunion, I ran across several old friends of mine.
Run into = meet
I ran into Peter yesterday.
Wait on = serve
It was sad to see him wait on tables.