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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Bullock

10 Common Phrasal Verbs: Better English Speaking

In this article we will look at 10 common phrasal verbs, and also some example sentences so that we can practice our English speaking! Read through them all and say them out loud. Also, try to make your own sentences and questions with them, too!

Common phrasal verbs

Here are 10 common phrasal verbs. Read them all out. If they are hard for you to pronounce, say them slowly at first and gradually build up the speed until you are more confident saying them.

common phrasal verbs
Use these common phrasal verbs to enhance your speaking

  1. Look for: This means to try to find something. It’s often used in situations like searching for your keys, wallet or other important things.

  2. Get along: This phrasal verb means that we have a good relationship with someone. We might use it with people such as friends or coworkers.

  3. Make up: To make up with someone means to forgive or make friends again after an argument.

  4. Turn on: This very common expression means to activate a light or other device.

  5. Put off: When we put something off, it means that we have delayed or postponed it.

  6. Go on: This is used in speaking. It means we want the person to continue talking. We might use it to encourage the person to go ahead with what they were saying.

  7. Call off: If something is called off, then it is canceled. It’s often used for events.

  8. Keep up with: To keep up with means to maintain the same pace as something else or someone. We often use it to refer to fashions, trends, or even being in a conversation.

  9. Put up with: This is a very common phrasal verb that means to tolerate something or someone. It is often used in negative situations!

  10. Look forward to: When we feel excited, and are eagerly anticipating something, we can use the expression looking forward to. For instance, I’m looking forward to my holiday!

Example Sentences

Now we will have a look at some example sentences using the above phrasal verbs. As above, repeat slowly at first if it is tricky for you to pronounce the words.

put up with, phrasal verb
To put up with something is to "tolerate" it

Phrasal verb

Example sentence

Look for

We can’t leave yet because I need to look for my house keys!

Get along with

Jake doesn’t get along with some of his coworkers, regrettably.

Make up

Mary and Todd finally made up after their big row last week.

Turn on

Tommy turned on all the lights in the house, because he was home by himself, and felt scared.

Put off

I think we will need to put the meeting off until next week.

Go on

Please go on, Liam. We want to hear your story!

Call off

The football game was called off due to frost on the pitch.

Keep up

Many people find it hard to keep up with the latest technology, as it's always changing.

Put up with

I don’t know how you put up with the weather where you are. It’s always so windy and snowy.

Look forward to

They are looking forward to their summer vacation in Hawaii!

Common phrasal verbs: making questions

Now we will practice making questions with today's expressions. If you are learning English, it would also be useful for you to imagine the answers to these questions, and say them out loud!

  1. You look busy, Emma. What are you looking for?

  2. Is there anyone in your class that you don’t get along with?

  3. What’s a good thing to say, if we are hoping to make up with someone after an argument?

  4. Would you turn on the light, please? It’s a bit dim in here.

  5. Why was the meeting put off until next month?

  6. Could you please go on and explain why you were late to class?

  7. Have you ever tried to attend a sports match that was called off? Hopefully not!

  8. Are you interested in keeping up with the latest fashion trends?

  9. What is a difficult thing to put up with at work or school?

  10. What are you most looking forward to doing on your next holiday?

Common phrasal verbs: Useful for everyday conversations

I hope that you have enjoyed reading through today's 10 common phrasal verbs! Expressions like "look for," "turn on," and "put up with" are used in lots of different situations, so are absolutely a useful thing to know! To help you better remember them, I would recommend saying them all out loud, making your own sentences and questions with them, and also using them in conversations whenever you get the chance!

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