A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a verb with both an adverb and a preposition. These verbs help us to enrich our vocabulary and improve our day-to-day communication. Learning phrasal verbs can be tricky because in many cases the meaning of phrasal verbs cannot be deduced from its elements. Phrasal verbs are generally not used in academic texts.
A phrasal verb has a meaning which is different from the original verb. These verbs are one of the most difficult aspects of the English language, yet they play a very important role for learners since they are highly prevalent in spoken and informal written communication. A few examples of phrasal verbs are “bear down” which means “to crush”, “break off” which means “to stop suddenly”, “call in” which means “to send for” etc.