Phrasal Verbs (Two-word Verbs)

Many verbs in English consist of a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb (also known as particles).

A two-word verb (also known as a phrasal verb) often expresses an idiomatic meaning that cannot be understood literally.

Inseparable phrasal verbs

Verbs and particles may not be separated by any other words

catch on go out look into speak up
get along grow up run into stay away
give in keep on run out of take care of

Incorrect: Children grow quickly up

Correct: Children grow up quickly

Separable phrasal verbs

call off give back look up put back try on
call up hand in pick up put off try out
fill out help out point out take out turn down
give away look over put away take over  

Most two-word verbs that take direct objects may be separated by the object

Parents help out their children.

Parents help their children out.

If the direct object is a pronoun, the pronoun must separate the verb from the particle.

Incorrect: Parents help out them.

Correct: Parents help them out.

1. Most corporations want their employees to get_____each other.

2. Some companies devise training programs to break____hostility between workers.

3. The workers can not put______the demands being placed upon them.

4. Before Phoenix left this morning for Tucson, he threw ______his Sun Devils sun hat.

5. While I was walking down the street, I ran______an old friend.

6. After I ran____of gas, I ran_____a tree and ran____a big bill at the mechanic's shop.

7. Sometimes Jane really annoys me; she really puts_______ when she puts_______and then won't put_____.

8. Where I come_____, you won't come_____a lot of money until you come_____of your shell and come_____a rich heiress.

9. Finally, he broke ____ his three-month stint with Juanita, then after his break____, he broke_____the party hats and champagne to celebrate the possibility of breaking___a new girl friend.

10. Joanie and Joshua couldn't get____anymore, so Joshua got___of town and got____with Lulu, but Joanie wouldn't let Joshua get______with that. She called him up and asked him,"Where do you get_____just leaving me here with our three kids?" Joshua told her to get____their ill-fated marriage becuase there was no way he was going to get____every morning to go to work at the aquarium in order to support her. Joanie said,"Fine! Donšt worry about me. I'll get____."