Phrasal Verbs



            Definition an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.

So many; so difficult to learn to use correctly for ESL students of all ages.

Phrasal Verbs with A (partial List)

Let’s get to work with ten of the more common ones

  Phrasal Verb Definition Example
1.        account for Give a reason or an explanation. “I hope you can account for all the money you spent!”
2.        act on Take action as a result of something. “The police decided to act on the anonymous call they received.”
3.        act out Demonstrate something with gestures and actions. “The children decided to act out the scene in the classroom.”
4.        add up Make sense; seem reasonable. “She explained what happened but the details she gave just don’t add up.”
5.        agree with Have the same opinion as some else. “I agree with you. I think she deserves the award too.”
6.        aim at Direct towards a target. “The teacher told the students to aim at the target
7.        amount to Be equivalent to. “The total repair work will amount to 1200€.
8.        answer for Be held responsible for something. “Normally parents have to answer for their children’s actions.”
9.        answer to Be responsible to/be controlled by (someone) “Who do you answer to in your job?”
10.    apply for Make a formal request for something (job, permit, loan, etc.) “When he saw the advertisement, he decided to apply for the job.”


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