Choose a vocabulary topic below to read about and then practice. Note that where CEFR levels are suggested below it is approximate - the suggested level is really the minimum needed.
Phrasal verbs by topic
- Daily routines (set off ...) - B1+
- Relationships (go out with ...) B1+
- Illness (come down with ...) B2+
- Sleep (drop off ...) B1+
- Speaking (point out ...) B2+
- Crime (break into ...) C1+
Phrasal verbs flashcards
The phrasal verbs flashcards and questions below are adapted from the The PHaVE List: A pedagogical list of phrasal verbs and their most frequent meaning senses by Garnier, M. & Schmitt, N. (2014) which was published in Language Teaching Research, 19(6).
- Phrasal verbs with literal and idiomatic meanings
- Phrasal verbs with up / down
- Phrasal verbs with on / off
- Phrasal verbs with in / out
- Phrasal verbs with back
- Separable and inseparable phrasal verbs
- Lend or borrow?
- Say or tell?
- After, afterwards or after that?
- See, look or watch?
- Come or go?
- Raise or rise?
- Hard or hardly?
- Remember or remind?
- Especially or specially?
- 'On time' or 'in time'?
- Although, despite or in spite of?
If you want to see how any of these words are pronounced or used in real life, I would really recommend using Youglish. It's a website which gives you examples of your chosen vocabulary from different YouTube videos. You just enter the word you want to see/hear and it will show you lots of clips of YouTube videos, highlighting the vocabulary, with subtitles. Keep clicking on the ►| button to hear more examples.