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Phrasal verbs (BrE)

Viersch
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Hi! I'm trying to learn the phrasal verbs in British English and it scares me when I think of how many of them is. Have you got any ideas what would help me and ease learning them? And which ones are the most useful? Thanks in advance. :) (BTW, is the text above correct?)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/robinja
robinja
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Phrasal verbs are a great tool for sounding natural and forming sentences more quickly. you should definitely do it.

I made myself a list of all phrasal verbs I ever came across, all of them in short but logical (and not boring) sentences. I would read this list every once in a while and add new ones regularly.

I also used this webpage, which has other useful resources as well: http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/cae/students/wordbank/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sueefo

"...it scares me to think of how many there are."

For the second sentence I would say, "Do you have any ideas that would help me learn them easily?"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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I'd suggest taking a base verb and then learning the different meanings associated with the various particles associated with it.

Eg, take "put" and learn the difference between put up and put down.

You can put someone up (offer them accommodation on your sofa or in your spare room), and a woman can put up (ie tie up) her hair, and you can put someone down (disparage them). Eg:

Of course I can put you up for a few days.

Before going out on Friday nights, Sophie always put up her hair.

I hate my sister. Every time I see her she puts me down.

There can be very subtle differences in meaning between the different particles, and I think it would be easier to understand the differences in meaning between them by systematically comparing and learning their effect on a specific verb.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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You last phrase in the first sentence should use the plural 'there are' instead of 'is' e.g. '...when I think of how many of them there are.'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EoghanBostock

You can try and remember them by thinking. Okay, throw up, the vomit goes up. Pick up, you can think that you're making the thing go up. They may seem confusing now, but you will grow some intuition!

2 years ago