Hi, everyone!

I think it is time to explain the phrasal verbs I used writing my previous blog or I meant expecting your corrections. First of all, I’d like to say that phrasal verbs are not idioms, at least for English speaking people. However, speaking a few other languages, I realize they sound like idioms for you as in your languages the same actions are defined by some other verbs.  Phrasal verbs are really “tricky” as you may see. If you use a wrong preposition or a wrong verb, you say something different that may make sense!

Now, there is one easy rule for you to remember. Phrasal verbs may be separable (I have marked them with symbol (S)) and inseparable. If a phrasal verb is separable, we may place an indirect object between a verb and a preposition. If an indirect object is a pronoun, we ALWAYS place it right after a verb. We place ANY indirect object the same way if a verb is followed by two (or more) prepositions. Here are a few examples.

He called her up.

He called his friend up


He called up his friend.

Take your hands out of the pockets.

Take the dirty dishes away from the table.

Moreover, you should realize that one phrasal verb may have different uses like TO BRING UP, TO RUN OVER, TO PICK UP and many others. So, you should always try to understand them in the given context. Let’s consider one of them, TO RUN OVER. Here are two examples:

He didn’t slow down and ran a dog over.

I ran over the pricelist and decided to refrain from buying new equipment.

I believe it is clear that in the first sentence a guy drove over a dog and in the second I looked through the pricelist. So, I am not going to copy a dictionary and will explain the meanings of the phrasal verbs in my blog.

RUN OVER (S) means that you knocked somebody or something down and drove over.

RUN INTO (BUMP INTO, COME ACROSS)– to meet someone unexpectedly.

PASS AWAY – to die.

PASS BY – to walk or drive past someone/something.

CALL AWAY (S) – to tell/request/order someone to leave the place where he is and to go somewhere else, mostly on business.

CALL UP/IN (S)  - to make a phone call.

CALL OFF (S) – to cancel.

CALL FOR -  if you CALL FOR someone, you go to the building where he/she is, so that you both can go somewhere.

CALL ON  - to pay a visit to someone.

CALL OUT (S)  - in my blog I mean to challenge to a duel/ fight.

SHOW OFF - to boastfully display one's abilities or accomplishments.

SHOW UP – to appear.

BRING OUT (S) – to produce or publish some new product.

BRING OFF (S) – to complete, to finish some work successfully.

BRING UP (S) – in my blog, to bring before the court.

PUT AWAY (S) –to set aside, to put something where it is kept when you don’t use it.

PUT OFF (S) – to postpone.

PUT IN PRINT – to publish.

BE OUT OF DATE – to be old-fashioned, no longer valid or relevant.

BE UP TO DATE – to be modern, up to standards.

PICK UP (S) - in my blog, to acquaint with girls.

PASS OVER (S) – in my blog, to take no notice of someone, to disregard.

I believe you have all necessary information to correct a learner and to explain teacher’s ideas. I sincerely hope you will bring off your task at last!

And, of course, it will be great if you write some examples with the phrasal verbs I have just explained. You may also write your blogs and I will correct your mistakes if any.

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  • Nice. They are speaking so slowly and It is so clear to understand. 

    Thank you, Danny, for this episode. I will try to focus on improvement of listening skills more. 

  • You are welcome, dear! I saw that problem, too. But I uploaded another episode

  • Thank you, Danny, for your compliment about my English. I am happy to hear that from my teacher.
    Unfortunately, I can't  open your second link. (( Maybe something is wrong with my browser. (( It is likely that I need to upgrade it.

  • Dear, I didn't mean your being invited or being able to go to the USA (although it is not so easy to get the US visa now). I meant you will never be lost in America or starve there speaking such English.

    Well, that episode was Seattle radio. What can you say about Los Angeles dialect? It is much clearer!


  • Hahaha. Nope. I am not kidding about their invitation and about my visit. But I hope I am kidding about starving to death. haha.

    Thank you, Danny for Episode1.Mp3. It is good for understanding in spite of American pronunciation. By the way they speak official language and it is easer for me. )

  • Hahaha! You are just kidding! 

  • Well, It is just different pronounciation you are not used to. Yes, we speak English somehow differently but it is the same language. If we speak slowly enough, you will have no problems understanding. Try this episode


  • I believe you, Danny, that It is the same language. )

    My old friends live in USA and they have invited me to visit them. Really, I am scared. I am like you. I am afraid to be lost in a stange country and starve to death. LOL 

  • When I read a book in English It is so easy to understand. But When I listen to English speech, especially Americans or Canadians, I understand I am newbie in English. ( Everything is different.

  • Sure, you should know phrasal verbs as many of them have no synonyms and we use them in written English, too. Only some of them are slang words but you will come across them whatever fiction you may read

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