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A. What are multi-word verbs ?

Multi-word verbs are verbs that combine with one or two particles
word verbs? (a preposition and/or an adverb).

I’m looking for my keys. Have you seen them? (verb + preposition)

Look out! There’s a car coming! (verb + adverb)

A snob is someone who looks down on people of a lower social class. (verb + adverb + preposition)

If the addition of the particle(s) changes the meaning of the verb, it is usually called a phrasal verb because it has the meaning of a phrase.
However, there are so many different types of phrasal verbs that it is easier to call all combinations of verb + particle(s) multi-word verbs.

B. Literal or non-literal Literal meaning?

– Literal meaning
Look at the following example, where the verb and particle keep their separate literal meaning.

Ex: He looked up and saw a plane.

Here the meaning of the verb and the particle have not changed.
He looked up = He looked + up (in the direction of the sky).

– Non-literal meaning

Sometimes the addition of the particle(s) creates a multi-word verb that has a different meaning.

He looked up all the new words in the dictionary.
In this sentence, look up = to find information in a reference book

► Phrasal Verbs EXAMPLE:

1. Achoo! Oh dear. I think I’m starting to catch a cold.
(come down with)
►Achoo! Oh dear. I think I’m coming down with a cold.

2. I think 1 caught my cold from Jim.
(pick up)
►I think 1 picked up my cold from Jim.

3. It’s very cold outside and your friend is about to leave without a coat. What do you say?
►You’d better put a coat on.

4. You have been invited to an important dinner party. You are not sure if you need to wear very smart clothes or not. What do you say?
►Do I need to dress up for the occasion?

5. Can you extinguish that cigarette, please?
put out
►Can you put out that cigarette, please?

6. The alarm bell started ringing.
go off
►The alarm bell went off.

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