Today, we’ll look at some ways to understand the meanings of phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are multipart verbs that consist of a verb and a preposition and/or particle. For example:
◆ go over
◆ see off
◆ look forward to
Phrasal verbs often have more than one meaning. Also, many phrasal verbs have idiomatic meanings.
For example, the phrasal verb go over can mean:
1) Walk or drive across
◆ You need to go over that bridge to get downtown.
2) Read or look through
◆ I want to go over the instruction manual before I start building the bookshelf.
If you don’t understand the meaning of a phrasal verb, it is often very easy to guess it. For example, off is often associated with finishing, stopping or separating. Try to guess the meaning of the phrasal verbs in the following sentences:
◆ Can you see off the client to the elevator?
◆ He handed off the project to another department.
◆ The game was called off due to rain.