30 Common Phrasal Verbs in Asked in English Competitive Exams

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If you’re learning English, phrasal verbs may seem intimidating at first—but they become quite simple and useful when you learn to use them appropriately. A phrasal verb is just what it seems: a phrase consisting of a verb and one or more other sentence components, such as a preposition or an adverb. 

Here, are the 30 most Common Phrasal Verbs 

1. To call around:
To contact multiple people.

Example: Roy called around to find a nearby mechanic.

2. To call [x] off:
To cancel.

Example: We called the party off. or We called off the party.

3. To check [x] out:
To verify a person or thing. When regarding a person, this phrase can also be flirtatious.

Example: I’ll check the contract out. or I’ll check out the contract. 

4. To clean [x] up:
To clean a general area.

Example: John cleaned the living room up. or John cleaned up the living room. 

5. To dive into:
To occupy oneself with something.

Example: I’ll dive into that new TV show later tonight.

6. To dress up:
To wear nice clothes.

Example: Abed dressed up for the presentation.

7. To end up:
To eventually become a certain way, or find oneself in a situation.

Example: He ended up taking the job.

8. To fill [x] up:
To fill something completely.

Example: Bruce filled his wine glass up. or Bruce filled up his wine glass.

9. To find out:
To discover.

Example: Let me know when you find out the answer.

10. To get [x] back:
To have something returned.

Example: Rodger got his pencil back from Lenny. or Rodger got back his pencil from Lenny. 

11. To get away with:
To escape punishment or some other unpleasantness.

Example: Shirley got away with cheating on the test.

12. To get along:
To be friendly with one another.

Example: Franny gets along with Kristin. 

13. To give [x] away:
To donate something or to give it up for free.

Example: Mindy gave her prized doll collection away. or Mindy gave away her prized doll collection.

14. To give up:
To accept defeat.

Example: Carin felt like giving up.

15. To give [x] up:
To cease consuming or doing something, often a habit.

Example: Merlin gave chocolate up or Merlin gave up chocolate.

16. To go over:
To review.

Example: Marie went over the writing assignment.

17. To leave [x] out:
To omit.

Example: Rosie left the graph out of the presentation. or Rosie left out the graph from the presentation.

18. To let [x] down:
To disappoint somebody.

Example: Sally let Markdown when she showed up late.

19. To look after:
To take care of someone or something.

Example: Thank you for looking after me when I was sick. 

20. To pull [x] up:
To bring up bring something nearer.

Example: Eugene pulled the document up on his computer. or Eugene pulled up the document on his computer.

21. To put [x] on:
To add something to your person or an object.

Example: I always put my backpack on before leaving the house. or I always put on my backpack before leaving the house. 

22. To put up with:
To tolerate or condone.

Example: Jeff put up with Janice’s cynical attitude. 

23. To run out of:
To drain the supply of something.

Example: Maria ran out of paper towels and had to go to the store.

24. To see to:
To make sure something is done.

Example: I’ll see to watering the plants.

25. To take after:
To resemble, usually used to describe parents and their children.

Example: Li takes after his father. 

26. To take [x] out:
To move something outside.

Example: Please take the garbage out before you leave. or Please take out the garbage before you leave.

27. To think [x] over:
To consider something.

Example: Yosef thought Rosie’s situation over. or Yosef thought over Rosie’s situation.

28. To throw [x] away:
To dispose of something.

Example: Could you throw that burrito away? or Could you throw away that burrito?

29. To top off:
To fill something to the top.

Example: May I top off your beverage?

30. To wait on:
To serve.

Example: Billie waited on the table of customers.

Also Practice:

Most commonly asked English Questions in all competitive Exams (Practice set 8)

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