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HOW TO UNDERSTAND PHRASAL VERBS!

Native English speakers use phrasal verbs* all the time. A phrasal verb is formed with a verb and a particle (a preposition or adverb). Sometimes, the verb can help you understand the meaning of the phrasal verb. Other times, the particle can help. So, if you understand the basic meanings of particles, this can really help with your understanding of phrasal verbs. Here are 19 particles with their basic meanings. [Read over the information. Then, do our little exercise.]

1 ACROSS

“Across” expresses the idea of going from one side to the other: “They ran across the bridge.”

2 AROUND / ROUND

“Around” can have the idea of moving in a circle: “We drove around the city instead of going through the centre.”

3 AWAY

“Away” expresses the idea of leaving a place or of moving far from it: “We ran away as fast as we could.”

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The latest issue of Hot English (177 – the February issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to understand phrasal verbs – learn about the meaning of 19 really important prepositions + 20 courses to study, 10 useful adjectives, 20 words to use in the classroom, 15 words to use at a diner, 12 useful food adjectives... plus: • Travel – American diners • Technology – wrong numbers • Business – unusual products • Art – the Turner prize • Psychology – useful tricks • Celebrities – Groucho Marx quotes • Cuisine – a Philly Cheesesteak • Politics – controversial statues • Adventure – disastrous journeys • Culture – first-world problems • Music – dance songs • Crime – Charles Manson • Celebrities – embarrassing brothers • Mystery – cruise ship disappearances AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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