Phrasal Verbs Understood

In the English language, phrasal verbs are one of the most difficult things to learn. So don’t worry if you don’t get it right away. Basically, phrasal verbs are basic verbs followed by particles – usually prepositions. There are thousands of phrasal verbs, so they can’t all be included here. (For a bigger list of phrasal verbs, click here)


Why They’re Important

Phrasal verbs are used every day by native English speakers – both orally, and with informal written language. If you’d like a better understanding of the English language, phrasal verbs are an important thing to recognize and comprehend. Using common phrasal verbs will make your English sound more fluent and natural.

How to Identify Them:

There’s no easy way to identify phrasal verbs because they can have a figurative and literal meaning, or have more than one meaning. The best way to identify them is to familiarize yourself with different kinds of phrasal verbs. Of course, this will take a lot of time and a lot of studying. So be patient with yourself. Another way to identify phrasal verbs is to really analyze your reading text. Phrasal verbs are usually two or three words, with at least one verb and prepositions afterwards.



Below is a list of common phrasal verbs starting with the letter A. The definition (a) of the phrasal verb and an example (b) of it used in a sentence are included below. Take a look and see if you have a better understanding of phrasal verbs:

1. Account For
(a) explain, be the reason for something
(b) “My lack of practice accounts for my poor dancing.”
In other words: My lack of practice explains why my dancing is so bad.

2. Act On
(a) take action
(b) “We acted on the information as soon as we heard it.”
In other words: We took action and did something as soon as we heard the information.

3. Agree With
(a) have the same opinion as someone else
(b) “I completely agree with you, cats are better than dogs!”
In other words: I have the same opinion as you in that a cat is better than a dog.

4. Answer For
(a) be responsible for something
(b) “The cashier answers for customer complaints.”
In other words: The cashier is responsible for customer complaints. (If a customer complains, the cashier would be the first one questioned about it.)

5. Attend To
(a) take care of something you need to do
(b) “I have to attend to my garden.”
In other words: I have to take care of my garden. 

As mentioned before, there are thousands of phrasal verbs, and they can’t be all included here. But if you’d like an explanation of a certain phrasal verb, contact me through my Twitter or leave me a message below!


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