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English grammar: common phrasal verbs

When I teach my students at EF English Live, I offer a lot of help with phrasal verbs, which is one of the trickier aspects of English grammar. So that you can quickly have access to some common ones, I have made a list of them.

Remember, a phrasal verb has two or three parts. It always has a verb, and this verb is followed by a preposition or an adverb. Here is a list of some common phrasal verbs – remember to change the verb to match your tense.

Phrasal verb



Call someone back To return someone’s call I will call her back.
Cheer up To make someone happier She cheered up after hearing the good news.
Get over End or find a solution to It took me a long time to get over the flu.
Hang on Wait for a short time (informal) Could you hang on for a second?
Look for To try and find something I am looking for my keys.
Run into To meet unexpectedly I ran into Steve at the store today.
Run into To accidently bump into someone/something I was walking to the office and ran into the bookshelf.
Run out of Have none left of something We ran out of money.
Switch on/off Turn something on or off I switched on the television.


So here are some phrasal verbs to help you get started and hopefully help you to talk more like a native English speaker. Just remember to change the verb so that it is in the correct tense for your sentence!

 image: Billy Brown



I was born in India but when I was three years old, my family and I all moved to the USA. I have a Bachelor's in International Business and a Masters in Corporate Law. Today, I enjoy teaching English to students from all over the world.

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