Separable And Inseparable Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs: structure

Separable and inseparable phrasal verbs

Separable and inseparable phrasal verbs




This part of the webquest is a little more challenging. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to use Phrasal Verbs. Some of them can be separated but others cannot. Don’t worry, you don’t need to understand everything, it is something which will come with practice.



There arephrasal verbs that can be separated, some that cannot and others that can be either.




You have to
write





down
everything the teacher says.





You have to
write
everything the teacher says
down.



A phrasal verb  is separable when it is
transitive
(it needs a direct object). Look at the example:




“Please,
switch off the light”.  / “Please,
switch
the light
off”.




To switch off” is atransitive phrasal verb and therefore it isseparable. Thedirect object
is  the noun “the  light” and

that is why both examples are correct.





However, if we use the pronoun “it”, weMUST separate the phrasal verb and say:





“Please,
switch
itoff.



On the contrary, an intransitive phrasal verb
istitinada separable.


For example, if a boy complains, the mum can say:





“When yougrow up, you can watch all the TV you want.”




To grow up” is an intransitive phrasal verb and thereforeCANNOT be separated.


However, you have to remember that
prepositional verbs (

verb + preposition)
are never separable, the object
(noun or pronoun)

must always go

after

the preposition:





We looked after
the children.
Correct








We looked afterthem.







Correct








*We looked
the children
after.







Incorrect










*We looked
them
after.








Incorrect








REMEMBER:

Although many phrasal verbs can take an object in both places, you must put the object between the verb and the adverb if the object is a pronoun.




I
looked
the number
up
in the phone book.





Correct







I
looked up
the number in the phone book.



Correct







I
looked
it
up

in the phone book.
Correct








*I
looked up
it in the phone book.
Incorrect




This link offers examples and a good explanation about the difference between Prepositional and Phrasal Verbs.




You can now try this easy test.







Or this one (a little more difficult).












Source: https://sites.google.com/site/fpaphrasalverbs/proceso/actividad-4

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