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10 Uncommon Phrasal Verbs to Boost Your Vocabulary and Fluency

So, first things first: What is a phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and an adverb or preposition (and sometimes both). These are idiomatic phrases, which means that you will sound native if you use them correctly!

Some common examples you may have encountered before are “find out”, “clean up”, and “log in”, and you might even know how to use them already!

However, just below, we are going to examine 10 phrasal verbs that are a little more advanced:

Ask forTo make a requestDid you remember to ask for extra napkins?
Break downTo stop working (often used with vehicles)I’m driving and my car is about to break down!
Call offTo cancel something that had been plannedWe must call off the staff meeting.
Cheer upTo become happy after feeling downThere’s always next year, so cheer up!
Dress upTo dress in a formal way/wear a nice outfitIs she going to dress up for the important event?
Get around toTo finally do something that could have been done earlierMy neighbor needs to get around to mowing his lawn.
Give upTo quit or stop tryingMath is so difficult. It makes me want to give up!
Look up toTo have respect/admiration for someoneThey look up to their soccer coach since he is a great man.
Put up withTo tolerate something that is inconvenient/annoyingThe family had to put up with rain while on vacation.
Think overTo consider something carefullyBe sure to think over your plans for college!


With these phrases in mind, you can feel more confident in your ability to express your thoughts!

So, what did you think? Did you learn anything new? Which of these compound verbs can you see yourself using in the future?

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