Designed for Spanish- speaking professionals working on their English Skills
We use phrasal verb every day in our lives.
In this book I’ve gathered over a 100 common phrasal verbs that have kept appearing in thousands of conversations over the years.
I’ve put them into alphabetical order and described the phrasal verbs in Spanish and English.
There are several example sentences for each phrasal verb with audio. You can listen, read, pause, repeat and learn!
Note: Some of these phrasal verbs may have multiple meanings. I have chosen the meanings are the most popular and that you can use at work or in casual conversation.
Take your time. Don’t rush through the book. Chose one slide and focus on that phrasal verb for several days. Start using them in different contexts. Once you are familiar with a phrasal verb (and sometimes its various meanings), start with another one.
I recommend doing the following:
1- Read and listen to the main phrasal verb in the title, then read it’s translation.
2- Next, read the meaning(s) of the phrasal verb in English.
3- Next, read the sample sentences. Then read and listen to the sentences together.
4- Then, listen and pause the audio and repeat the sentences for pronunciation practice.
Great. Let’s get started!
I’ll try to make this simple: Phrasal verbs are a less formal way of indicating actions and usually consist of two or three words. They are what we call “idiomatic” phrases that become popular over the years from common use.
They are two or three words together that take on a different meaning when used together.
A phrasal verb can be a verb + preposition or a verb + an adverb… or a combination of both!
Here’s an an example:
verb = look adverb = forward preposition = to / I look forward to meeting you.
Phrasal verbs, even the same one, can have different meanings. Don’t worry; once you start to understand the most common ones, you can start to identify others.
We often use phrasal verbs when we speak, or in informal writing, but it’s best to avoid them when writing more formally.
If you are writing a formal document or an academic essay, try to avoid using phrasal verbs and use more formal alternatives instead. You can find alternatives in the dictionary.
One more thing before we get started. There are four types of phrasal verbs:
• Intransitive… This means there is no object needed: Take off (meaning to leave)
• Transitive… It comes with a direct object: Turn off = “Turn it off” (meaning to stop something from operating)
•Separable… The phrasal verb can be separated: check up on (meaning to check the status of something or someone)
• Inseparable: These are phrasal verbs that cannot be separated by other words. You cannot separate “fall off” for example.
Another important note: Sometimes words sound like phrasal verbs, but they are not. Remember: Phrasal verbs are a combination of words that used together will usually have a different meaning than the original verb.
For example: Look for. This is a verb with a preposition, but it doesn’t take on any special new meaning, like “look after” (take care of) or “look into” (investigate).
Now, let’s get started!