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Phrasal verbs are very useful verb types in English. They usually include one verb and one proposition or adverb. Their meanings are different from the root of verb. That’s why; memorising, remembering and understanding phrasal verbs are hard for foreing students.

We can classify the phrasal verbs like below:

Intransitive Phrasal Verbs

Intransitive phrasal verbs are used without object.

  • I usually get up early.
  • My car broke down on the way home yesterday.

P.S: Some phrasal verbs have a few meanings and they can be used as intransitive or transitive in according to meaning.

  • Hans took off  his jacket.
  • The plane took off.

Transitive and Separable Phrasal Verbs

Transitive and separable phrasal verbs are used with object. This object can be used between the phrasal verb or after the phrasal verb.

  • She tried on the dress. /  She tried the dress on.
  • I’ll throw away these old shoes. /  I’ll throw these old shoes away.

P.S: If object is the pronoun; always used between the phrasal verb.

  • She tried it on. (She tried on it.)
  • I’ll throw them away. ( I’ll throw away them.)

Transitive and Inseparable Phrasal Verbs

Transitive and inseparable phrasal verbs are used with object. But objects are never used between the phrasal verb. As the name says “inseperable phrasal verbs”.

  • My mother is looking after my baby. (My mother is looking my baby after.)
  • take after my father. (I take my father after.)

Three Parts Phrasal Verbs (Inseparable)

These phrasal verbs consist from three parts and they aren’t separable. (usually)

  • I’ve got down to my homework.
  • My father puts up with this heavy traffic.
  • A man never goes back on his promises.

Note: Some sources classify the phrasal verbs as transitive, intransitive, separable and inseparable. I believe that classification like above is more useful. In any case, you can understand the types of phrasal verbs.

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