Episode 14. How to Learn Phrasal Verbs
November 13, 2022
Phrasal Verbs are a challenge to learners of English. They are difficult to master, but learning them is definitely worth the effort. In this episode, which is the first one in the series about Phrasal Verbs, I recommend looking at them not as a random combinations of verbs and particles, but trying to discover what lies behind such combinations. To illustrate this, we will discover and practise how UP is used in Phrasal Verbs to stress the idea of completing or finishing something.
Sentences used as examples:
What time does your train come in?
Short skirts are coming in.
It took me a long time to come round.
Meanings of come round:
1. to come to a place, especially somebody's home, to visit for a short time
2. to change your opinion
3. to become conscious again
Phrasal Verbs with UP:
- tidy up
- drink up
- eat up
- heat up
- pack up
- dry up
- use up
- heal up
Other words and expressions in this episode:
the sheer number of something (The word sheer is used to stress that the size, amount of something is huge. In here, the very number of Phrasal Verbs is huge.) PL: sama liczba / sama ilość czegoś
daunting (Something that is daunting makes you feel slightly afraid or worried about dealing with it.) PL: zniechęcający, przytłaczający
ambiguous (If you describe something as ambiguous, you mean that it is unclear or confusing because it can be understood in a few ways.) PL: wieloznaczny, dwuznaczny
random (If something is random, it doesn't show any pattern or rule.) PL: przypadkowy, losowy
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