What is a phrasal verb?
A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition/adverb that has a meaning different from the original verb.
give (verb) + up (preposition) = surrender
If the phrasal verb is followed by an object, it's transitive.
give up something = stop doing something
If the phrasal verb is not followed by an object, it's intransitive.
give up = surrender
Some transitive verbs are separable. This means that the object can be placed between the verb and the preposition/adverb, or after the preposition/adverb.
give something up = give up something = stop doing something
The only way to learn phrasal verbs is by heart. Try to re-read them often until they stick to your memory.
Common English Phrasal Verbs
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