English phrasal verbs

English phrasal verbs and useful expressions

One brilliant thing you can do to expand your vocabulary is learn some English phrasal verbs and other little useful expressions that you can slip in to general conversation.
BUT it’s important to learn phrasal verbs in the right way. They can have very different meanings depending on the context. Also, just changing a tiny preposition can change the whole meaning. SO write them down correctly with as much detail as possible (prepositions, objects, definitions) and then add at least 2 clear, memorable examples.
See the photos below – This is how it should look in your notebooks or you can even make your own flashcards!

English phrasal verbs & expressions

English phrasal verbsmake up withturn upcan't afford

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put offget over sthPut up with sbHave a golook forward tolook up tocan't affordget over sthHave a golook forward tolook up toput offPut up with sbturn up


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Which of these English phrasal verbs or expressions is your favourite?! I’d love to know – Leave me a comment below 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

12 thoughts on “English phrasal verbs and useful expressions

    1. I’m glad to hear that Krueyok! Thanks for your comment!

  1. I like then all but I’ve never seen “have a go” so this will be my favorite one! Thanks!

    1. You’re very welcome Juan! I hope you’ll ‘have a go’ at using that one in a sentence next time you’re speaking English 😉

  2. Thanks for your immediatly answer but I am not sure if I correct understand the phrase : Pop old vocabulary. Does this mean popular?

    1. Oh well noticed! In this context, it just means ‘put’. For example, you could say ‘Can you pop those cups in the dishwasher for me please?’
      Another lovely use of pop though is to go somewhere quickly. For example ‘I’m just popping to the corner shop, I’ll be back in a minute.’
      Does that make sense now? Thanks for asking the question Kalinka, I’m sure this is useful for other people reading this too!

  3. Hi lovely teacher, these are very useful phrasal verbs. I was surprised to find ones more – to get the sack.

    I have ever met it but now i recalled it. Thank you very much for your efforts to teach us in brief

    1. Oh yes, even the examples have some nice vocabulary in them. You can pop old vocabulary into your examples to recycle it. Great that this one triggered a memory for you 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment Kalinka!

    1. Thanks for your comment Shahin. I’m glad you’ve found a new phrasal verb you like 🙂

  4. I have never heard this example put up with something or somebody before. I am going to try and use that one!

    1. Fantastic! There are lots of situations where that one works 🙂 Thanks for your comment Lou!

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