English Grammar Phrasal Verbs

 Phrasal Verbs are a particular kind of expression, wherein the verb is made of two or more components. Mostly the combining components are verbs and prepositions. When divided these components will have a meaning of their own but would not suggest anything about the meaning of the phrasal verb. Consider the following sentences.

  1. This sword has been handed down from father to son in the family for many generations.
  2. I have been looking forward to meeting you since long now.
  3. The patient came out of the delirium only when given tranquilizers.
  4. We had almost decided to give up on the search when we made the discovery.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions and have a particular meaning different from that of the combining verbs and prepositions.

Following are some phrasal verbs with their meanings.

sit into attend or take part as a visitor
sit outto stay till the end of
come roundto accept circumstance and adjust yourself to them.
get onto manage one’s life
turn outto have a particular result
turn upto arrive unexpectedly
show offto brag or boast
sort outto successfully deal with a problem
hand into give something to someone in authority
sit downto take a seat
sit upto rise from a supine position
give into yield to some pressure
come forthto find something
switch onto start something
turn downto refuse or reject an offer
turn into expose
look intoprobe, or investigate a matter
look aftertake care of
take offto remove something
put outto extinguish
try onto wear some clothes for first time
turn downlower the volume
turn onto start a machine
put into invest something (matter or abstract)
look outbe careful of some danger.