The easiest way to define phrasal verbs is to
describe them as "main verbs
that contain two (or more) words."
|| One of the words
in the verb can be recognized as
one-word verb in its own right.
other words can be recognized as
prepositions. These are sometimes called
The meaning of phrasal verbs is not complete without the addition of a preposition, or
and students should be able to recognize the combination of a verb and
Although native speakers of English have no difficulty using and
understanding phrasal verbs, they create difficulties for ESL students.