As you probably know a phrasal verb is a verb plus the proposition that is used like an idiom. For example, I can say, turn on the light. When you turn on the light, actually nothing is turning, and nothing is on, so the meaning of turn on is an idiomatic meaning. That’s a phrasal verb. Well most phrasal verbs are made of two words one verb and one preposition. However, there are some phrasal verbs that are made with two prepositions. For today’s English lesson let’s take a look at some of these three word phrasal verbs.
Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:
- I came up with a new recipe for hot dogs.
- I wonder who was the first person to come up with pizza.
- How about you? Have you come up with something recently?
- My doctor told me to cut down on coffee.
- Jack told his wife to cut down on shopping.
- How about you? What do you need to cut down on?
- Everyone in the office gets along with the boss. He’s a good guy.
- All of the children got along nicely at the party.
- How about you? Do you get along with your boss, your coworkers or your classmates?
- I got rid of a lot of stuff when I clean the garage.
- If you haven’t gotten rid of your old bicycle yet, I’ll take it.
- How about you? Have you gotten rid of something recently?
- It was difficult to keep up with the fastest runners during the marathon.
- The salesman was speaking quickly and it was hard to keep up with what he was saying.
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