I recently started to look into phrasal verbs. This is such a tricky area of English for my intermediate and early advanced language learners that I wanted to learn more about them. I found out that there are 3 types of multi-word verbs: phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs.
What are Phrasal Verbs? In a nut shell, phrasal verb proper is made from a verb and an adverb. Phrasal Verbs can or cannot have direct objects. This appears to be where the 3 types of multi-word verbs differ.
When a phrasal verb has a direct object we can usually separate the parts. For example we say,
- “Take off your coat.”
- “Take your coat off.”
- “Take it off.”
But we don’t say
- “Take off it.”
- “It take off.”
Here are some common Phrasal Verbs with Take: