Phrasal Verbs

Do you know what a phrasal verb is?

Well I will explain!

A phrasal verb is a verb that follows a preposition or an adverb, sometimes even more than one particle. For example:

  • To look after – Yesterday, I looked after my neighbour’s dog.
  • To look forward to  – I am really looking forward to the weekend.
  • To look back –  I often look back on my childhood and remember the good times.

We use them with pronouns sometimes instead of an object.  E.g. (For example):


  • I looked after the dog. I looked after it.
  • I’m looking forward to watching the film. I’m looking forward to watching it.

However, some phrasal verbs are intransitive, which means they don’t take an object:

When we use take off as a phrasal verb, it’s important to understand the correct meaning. For example:

  • Come in and take off your coat.

We can also say, take your coat off, or take it off.

Although we can’t say take off it. This is because this phrasal verb requires the pronoun to go between the verb and the particle.

The phrasal verb, look after, that we saw above must be structured with the pronoun after the verb and the particle.

In the following pages in this Phrasal Verb menu, you can find examples of phrasal verbs that I have presented on my Facebook page. Click here to follow my page now.