Phrasal verbs are phrases that indicate actions. They are generally used in spoken English and informal texts. Examples of such verbs include: turn down, come across and run into.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the meaning of phrasal verbs. Before looking them up in a dictionary, it would be helpful to use the context to understand them.
Some phrasal verbs have literal meaning while others have a more idiomatic meaning. For instance, the verb “get down” depending on context can mean:
Here is a list of 20 phrasal verbs using the verb “GO”
Examples: 1. Police, please go after that man who stole my purse! 2. She is so focused and always goes after what she wants.
Examples: 1. You can’t smoke here, it goes against the rules. 2. In a dictatorship, no one dares go against the ruling party.
Example: For their 20th wedding anniversary, they went all out and hired Madonna to sing a couple songs!
Example: Her name is too long so she goes by Jos.
Example: I have always wanted to go for a higher paying job but I am too scared.
Examples: 1. Martin’s boss is constantly going off and shouting at everybody. 2. I hope this milk hasn’t gone off.
Example: I am not sure if I can go on working with such a messy co-worker.
Example: Going through your first breakup can be traumatizing.
Example: She wanted to marry him in December, but I am not sure she will go through with it.
Example: All my time is going towards helping people learn English.
Example: Many companies have gone under in the last 5 months.
Examples: 1. This ad will go up on sunset boulevard. 2. The prices have gone up 10% in comparison to last year’s holiday season.
Example: Many people will go without a nice meal on Christmas Eve.
Example: It is important to go over all the details before signing the agreement.
Example: I don’t want to have problems with my co-worker so I usually just go along with that she wants.
Example: Larry always drops by and says hello when he goes about his business in the city center.
Example: My boss said I can go ahead and try to get that client we’ve been discussing!
Example: Why I left my job is not something I want to go into at the moment.
Example: My supervisor promised me a raise if I got a big client and now he’s going back on his word and refuses to raise my salary!
Example: He hired 2 clowns, a magician, and 5 people to play characters from Shrek for his son’s 1st birthday. You could say he went overboard with it.
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