The 50 Most Common Phrasal Verbs

What are phrasal verbs?

A phrasal verb is the combination of two or three words, consisting of a verb and another element. Typically, phrasal verbs are made of:

  • A verb and adverb,

For example: break down

  • A verb and a preposition,

For example: see to

  • Or a combination of both

For example: look down on.

How are phrasal verbs used?

Phrasal verbs are generally used in spoken English and informal texts.

Some phrasal verbs have a literal meaning.

For example: She was walking across the street when she saw a bear.

Other phrasal verbs have a figurative or idiomatic meaning.

For example: We can put you up for the night.

The meaning of 'put up' in this context is to let someone stay at your house.

List of the 50 most common phrasal verbs

It can be difficult to understand the meaning of phrasal verbs. With that in mind, we have created a list of the 50 most common phrasal verbs, including their definitions and example sentences for your kids to review.

50 most common phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs worksheets

In our grade 3 grammar section, we have created worksheets for students to practice phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs worksheets