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Separable or Inseparable? Phrasal Verb Tips

By November 19, 2012

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Phrasal verbs are verbs using a main verb followed by one word or a short phrase. Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable. For example:

She looked after her friend's cat while she was on vacation.

The phrasal verb 'look after' is an inseparable phrasal verb and must stay together. Here's an example of a separable phrasal verb:

Tom put his children through college.

As you can see, the phrasal verb 'put through' separates. Learn the rules of phrasal verbs and some tips to learning and using phrasal verbs with these resources.

What are phrasal verb? - Phrasal verbs explained
Building phrasal verb vocabulary
Phrasal verb resources - quizzes, reference and lesson plans


December 5, 2012 at 6:29 am
(1) Ananda Abeysinghe says:

Dear Sir,
We have heard and learnt about phrasal verbs.But this is the first time
I got a thorough knowledge of the same.That means you have presented the lesson in a very actractive manner.Everybody can
assimilate the lesson easily.Thanks a lot for your effort.

With kind Regards,
Ananda Abeysinghe-Sri Lanka.

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