Most Common Phrasal Verbs, Meaning and Example Sentences

Most Common Phrasal Verbs, Meaning and Example Sentences

Phrasal Verbs

It is generally used with a verb, an adverb, or a preposition. An adverb or preposition added to the main verb changes the meaning of the actual verb, giving it a different meaning. Since it has a different meaning, it becomes an idiomatic verb. For example, if the preposition “up” is added to the verb “give”, we get the idiomatic verb “Give up” and it gains a new meaning regardless of the meaning of the two words that make it up.

Phrasal Verbs are divided into two as “separable” and “inseparable”.

Separable Phrasal Verbs

If a phrasal verb is separable, we can place the object between the main verb and the preposition or add it to the end of the phrasal verb phrase without separating it at all.

Inseparable Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verb type that cannot be placed in the middle of the phrasal verb phrase of the object of the sentence, therefore, must be used side by side and cannot be divided, is called “Inseparable phrasal verbs”. As an example, let’s use the phrasal verb “come across”, which is a combination of the words “come” and “across”, in a few sentences.

Check offMake a mark next toCheck each name off the list.
Read offRead aloud 

from a list

read the number off the cargo.
Pass outBecome
He passed out because the room was too hot.
Carry onContinueCarry on. I didn’t mean to interrupt you.
Make forMove 


He already made for home when I arrived.
Run overRead through or

 practice something quickly

He ran over his notes before going the home.
Keep toPersist in,


He kept to puzzle until it was done.
Check backReturn to 
see if 
is Ok
They will check back next week to make sure the report.
Let onMake clear, evinceYou don’t want to let on how rich you really are.
Keep inNot allow 

Someone out.

Children were kept in after school.
Hold onTo wait particularly 

on the phone

They’ll hold on another minute, then They’ll have to go.
Break into
Interrupt (a 
Samuel break into the conversation and told us.
Give forthEmit or release 


The roses give forth a very heady scent at this time of the year.
Bring backFetch somethingShould I bring the car back with a empty tank?
Look backTo think about

something that

happened in the past

When I look back, I’m filled with happiness.
Let downLengthenMy father is a tailor, so he can let my pants down.
Do overRepeatMy friend made many mistakes, so I want to do the report over.