Phrasal verbs


In your grammarly handbook's intro to Phrasal verbs, you say "Phrasal Verb and Idioms....

It’s like cooking: combine flour and water, stick it in the oven for a bit, and you have bread. If you combine a verb and an adverb, and stick it somewhere in a sentence, you have a phrasal verb. However, baking the dough in a gas oven will (...)"


Why do you say a verb is combined with an adverb? Is the particle not a preposition of place or direction?

edited Jun 12 '11 at 11:23 Gabedude Contributor

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You're correct.  A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition that changes entirely the normal meaning of the verb.


For example:


'to get' -- to receive


Phrasal verbs --


'to get by' -- to survive


'to get on' (with someone) -- to agree with each other; to be friendly with one another


'to get up' -- to wake up; to stand up


'to get down' -- to dance enthusiastically


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