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Multi-word Verbs

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Carmen Juarez

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of Multi-word Verbs

Multi-word verbs How they are called... 2. Phrasal verbs: Some grammar books say there are three different types of "multi-word verbs".... 1. Prepositional verbs: They are verbs formed by a verb + preposition. For example:
- look for: This morning I've spent fifteen minutes looking for my keys before I found out they already were in my pocket!
- fill in: Can you fill in this form, please? 3. Phrasal-prepositional verbs: These are verbs followed by a preposition and an adverb:
- get on with: I don't get on with my new neighbour.
- look forward to: I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon. Multi-word verbs are verbs formed by more than one word. They can be made up of a verb and a preposition or and adverb or even both of them. You must always consider these groups of a words as a single verb since they have a single meaning different from the verb alone. Phrasal verbs are verbs formed by a verb+adverb. For example:
- get up: I usually get up at 7 on weekdays.
- ask for: He asked me for some money. It is not important how you call them. They are very common in everyday language. That's why you should know some of them. Sometimes we can guess the meaning from the verb itself (go up=move higher).
In other cases it is not possible to guess (carry out=perform). When we look up one of these verbs in a dictionary, we look for the root of the verb (go) and then read down the column until we find the multi word verb we are looking for. Multi word verbs are listed alphabetically. A multi word verb can have one or several meanings (go through= check/undergo/perform/set up). The different meanings of the same multi word verb are often listed under a, b, c. Read them until you find the suitable meaning. Which of the meanings of go through given above is suitable for the following sentence? “I went through all the newspapers but I couldn’t find the article you mentioned.”
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