Phrasal verbs are very similar to English idioms in the sense that different prepositions radically change the entire meaning of a verb. Look at this sentence, for instance: “You might still get on with your supervisor, even though he has an annoying habit of getting on at you every once in a while.”Confusing, indeed. But don’t let these complications get to you; instead, check out our tips on nailing down English phrasal verbs.

First of all, you’ll need to find a good reference. You can start with the Longman Pocket Phrasal Verbs Dictionary. It’s very compact and neat but very informative - it has over 3,000 entries. It is also very affordable: the price varies from $2 to $8. The dictionary is also available for download as an ebook. (With a little bit of luck, you can also find it online for free).

With prices starting from $23, Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary is a slightly more expensive, yet more comprehensive choice. It has almost 6,000 verbal expressions along with thousands of example sentences and easy-to-use thematic sections.

Or, check this Online reference with almost 3,000 phrasal verbs organized alphabetically. The website also has phrasal verb quizzes where you can test yourself and find out where you need to pay more attention. You can find more tests here.

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  • July 16, 20127:28 pm
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