What is a phrasal verb? A phrasal verb is a verb combined with a preposition. The
preposition can add extra meaning to the verb or give it more emphasis.
Could you switch off the light, please?
I had an ice-cream to cool down.
Some, prepositions change the meaning of different verbs in a similar way. The preposition
away, for example, can mean away from here, or it can mean intensively. This
means that it can be combined with any verb of activity.
I didn't hear the telephone because I was working away.
I've been typing away all morning.
Match each of the prepositions below to one of the groups of sentences. Decide whether
the preposition has the same meaning in all four sentences and then write what the
preposition means. The first is done as an example.
Now look at the six verbs and six prepositions below. How many phrasal verbs can
you make with them?