Phrasal verbs explanation

What is a phrasal verb? 

A phrasal verb is a group of words that functions as a verb and is made up of a verb plus a preposition, an adverb, or both. They are used very often in English.

Here is an example:


Often used to mean to register in a hotel or for an airline flight.


We checked in online for our flight to Madrid yesterday.

Why are phrasal verbs important to learn? 

  •  they are very common in English – you will hear and read them often.
  • because the meaning of a verb often changes when it is used in a phrasal verb you need to know what the phrasal verb means. For example, ‘to look at’ (to regard something), ‘to look after’ (to take care of someone or something), and ‘to look like’ (to resemble someone or something) all have very different meanings.
    • Look at that sunset! Isn’t it beautiful.
    • Pete looks after his little brother after school.
    • Paula looks like her mother.

List of common phrasal verbs in English