Most Useful Phrasal Verbs in English

List of Common Phrasal Verbs with Examples in Sentence 

Most useful phrasal verbs in English

What is Phrasal Verbs:

Some verbs take a preposition or an adverb or both after them and make a new meaning of the verb. Such a combination of verb-adverb-preposition is called Group Verb or Phrasal Verb or Prepositional Verb.

What is the difference between Simple Verbs and Phrasal Verbs:

Read the following examples for illustrations:


Tina laughs. 
Tina laughs at the poor.

In the first sentence, the verb 'laughs' has a simple meaning and it has no preposition connected with it.
But in the second sentence, the verb 'laughs at' is formed with the combination of preposition and it means - ridicules, which is an idiomatic or different meaning. 

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What are the most common Phrasal Verbs in English:

1) Phrasal Verbs with - Act:

Act on - Over exercise affects (acts on) one's health. 

Act upon - The police relied on (acted upon) the informer.

Act against- Arun is working against (acting against) the system of the institution.

■ 2) Phrasal Verbs with - Ask:

Ask for - He prayed for (asked for) a loan of one thousand rupees. 

■ 3) Phrasal Verbs with - Bear:

Bear with - I can not tolerate (bear with) such insult.

Bear out - His evidence doesn't support (bear out) his innocence. 

Bear away - Sunita has won (bore away) all the prizes.

■ 4) Phrasal Verbs with - Break:

Break down - Hesring the news he declines (breaks down) in sorrow.

Break into - The robbers entered (broke into) the shop at night.

Break out - Cholera has spread (broken out) in the area rapidly. 

Break up - Our school ends (breaks up) at 4 p.m

■ 5) Phrasal Verbs with - Bring:

Bring down - Government new policy has reduced (brought down) the price of necessary goods. 

Bring about - Scientific inventions have caused (brought about)  amazing progress in modern society.

Bring out - Ruskin Bond has recently published (brought out) his new book.

Bring up - The childhood of Rabindranath was reared (brought up) by domestic servants. 

Bring on - The monsoon rain causes (brings on) cough and cold.

■ 6) Phrasal Verbs with - Burst:

Burst out - The girl suddenly begins (bursts out) laughing.

■ 7) Phrasal Verbs with - Call:

Call at - I shall visit (call at) your house soon.

Call in - Please send for (call in) a doctor at once.

Call on - I shall meet (call on) you at your house. 

Call up - I could not remember (call up) his name.

Call out - The lady shouted (called out) for help.

Call off - The labourers withdrawn (called off) the strike.

■ 8) Phrasal Verbs with - Carry:

Carry on - He is continuing (carrying on) his father's business smoothly. 

Carry out - The followers should execute (carry  out) the orders of their leader.

■ 9) Phrasal Verbs with - Come:

Come about - How did the accident happen (come about)?

Come across - I met (came across) my friend Soumitra suddenly at New Market.

Come round - He will soon recover (come round) under the treatment. 

Come of - Rabindranath Tagore was born (come of) in a respectable family. 

Come down - The bridge fell on (came down) on the road.

Come by - How did you get (come by) this rare book?

■ 10) Phrasal Verbs with - Cut:

Cut down - Always try to reduce (cut down) monthly budget.

Cut off - He has separated/dislocated (cut off) his family bond.

■ 11) Phrasal Verbs with - Deal:

Deal with - He behaves with (deals with) me very well.

Deal in - He trades (deals in) tea.

■ 12) Phrasal Verbs with - Draw:

Draw back - The enemy soldiers are now retreating/receding (drawing back).

Draw on - I shall have to withdraw (draw on) from my savings.

■ 13) Phrasal Verbs with - Fall:

Fall on/upon - The soldiers attacked (fell on/upon) the enemy at the right time.

Fall out - Two friends quarrelled (fell out) over a little matter.

Fall behind - He always lags (falls behind) with his work.

Fall in with - Finally I could not but agree (fall in with) with his view.

Fall through - The meeting failed (fell through) because of inclement weather. 

■ 14) Phrasal Verbs with - Get:

Get at - The fox failed to reach (get at) the grapes. 

Get down - Open the exercise book and write (get down) everything he says.

Get out - We stood on the road after going out (getting out) of the car.

Get up - Early to bed, early to rise (get up).

Get together - Let us meet together (get together) once again. 

Get into - He boarded (got into) the first class compartment of the train. 

■ 15) Phrasal Verbs with - Give:

Give away - The Headmaster distributed (gave away) the prizes among the students. 

Give in - The enemy has surrendered/yielded (given away) finally. 

Give up - Leave (give up) the habit of smoking.

Give off - Burning of coal emits (gives off) smoke.

■ 16) Phrasal Verbs with - Go:

Go through - He has read (gone through) the book with attention. 

Go up - The price of rice has increased (gone up).

Go against - All the people opposed (went against) my suggestion.

Go on - The meeting continued (went on) for an hour. 

Go back - We should return (go back) now.

Go after - The guard followed (went after) him.

■ 17) Phrasal Verbs with - Keep:

Keep up - He always tries to maintain (keep up) his good academic career. 

Keep away - Try to remain at a distance (keep away) from bad companies. 

Keep up with - We have to adjust (keep up with) with the changing society. 

Kerp down - No difficulties could not suppress (keep down) him.

■ 18) Phrasal Verbs with - Look:

Look at - Behold (look at) her single in the field.

Look after - Parents always take care (look after) their children. 

Look down upon - Don't despise (look down upon) the poor.

Look out - The police has been searching (looking out) the thief for a long time.

Look into - The C.B.I Department is investigating (looking into) the matter. 

Look for - He is searching (looking for) for a job desperately. 

■ 19) Phrasal Verbs with - Make:

Make up - The Government has decided to compensate (make up) the loss.

Make of - The house is constructed (made of) of stone.

Make out - I could understand (make out) his answer. 

■ 20) Phrasal Verbs with - Pass:

Pass away - The man died (passed away) last night.

Pass on - Please hand over (pass on) the parcel. 

■ 21) Phrasal Verbs with - Put:

Put up - They hoisted (put up) a banner across the street.

Put up with - I could not tolerate (put up with) such insult. 

Put off - He went into the room and take off (put off) his coat.

Put on - He wore (put on) his new shirt.

Put out - The fire tenders extinguished (put out) the fire at the right time. 

Put down - Please write down (put down) your name on a sheet of paper. 

Put by - Save (put aside) something for future. 

■ 22) Phrasal Verbs with - Run:

Run after - The police is chasing (running after) the thief. 

Run away - A prisoner fled (ran away) from the jail.

Run over - A speeding car knocked down (ran over) the child. 

■ 23) Phrasal Verbs with - Set:

Set up - He has established (set up) his own business. 

Set in - The rain has started (set in).

Set out - The mariners started (set out) their sea voyage. 

■ 24) Phrasal Verbs with - Take:

Take after - The girl resembles (takes after) her mother.

Take back - You should withdraw (take back) your promise. 

Take over - The minister undertook (take over) the charge. 

Take off - The plane rose from the land (took off)  and was up in the air.

Take off - Remove (take off) your shirt. 

■ 25) Phrasal Verbs with - Turn:

Turn down - His appeal was rejected (turned down).

Turn up - All the students appear (turn up) at the prayer meeting. 

Turn out - The factory produces (turn out) many cars in this year.

Turn out - The boy was driven out (turned out) of the class.

■ 26) Phrasal Verbs with - Work:

Work out - I have solved (worked out) the problem. 

Work at - He was engaged (worked at) in this project. 

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