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


THANK YOU for pointing out this oversight to us!  I will get that fixed ASAP!




Kimberly Joki


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link comment answered Jun 16 '11 at 13:14 Kimberly Expert

It seems to have to do with naming conventions.  Some people call the particles adverbs (maybe due to the fact they modify verbs) and others call then prepositions (though they tend to lose the function of a preposition within a phrasal verb.

link comment answered Jun 09 '14 at 04:19 G Dowling New member

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