1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context (ebook Gr: 7 to A)

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1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context
Matt Errey
157 pages
Intermediate to Advanced Grades 7 to Adult
eBook Price: $15.95

1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context is a self-study guide for learners of English who want to improve their knowledge of phrasal verbs. It can be used by learners at home, or adapted by teachers for use in EFL/ESL classes. The book includes over 1,000 phrasal verbs in alphabetical order, plus over 2,000 example sentences and 1,000 challenging and fun quiz questions.

Do I need this book?

Do you sometimes have trouble getting the meaning when someone is speaking, even though they are using simple words that you recognise, like 'get' and 'out' and 'of'? Do such problems in understanding mean you don't feel confident and relaxed when you join in a conversation? Do you worry about feeling embarrassed because you don't understand something that sounds like simple English with basic vocab, such as 'How did you get out of standing in for Mark when he was away?'

If you answered 'no' to most of these questions, you probably don't need this book. But if you answered 'yes', you need this book. It means you probably haven't been taught a lot of vocabulary which is used more in conversation than in written English. One of the main differences between written English and conversational English is the different vocabulary used in each. Written English uses many words which come from Greek and Latin roots, such as 'Let's cancel the meeting' or 'They're increasing their prices'. In conversational English, many more words are used that come from Anglo-Saxon words, such as 'Let's call off the meeting' or 'They're putting up their prices'. Call off and put up are phrasal verbs, and phrasal verbs make up the largest single class of special vocabulary that learners must know if they want to succeed in understanding and speaking conversational English. So if you want to improve your ability to understand and speak English in conversation, you need this book.

How is the book organised?

The first section has phrasal verbs beginning with the letter ‘a’, followed by a set of quiz questions to test them. The second section has phrasal verbs beginning with the letter ‘b’, followed by another set of quiz questions, and so on.

phrasal verb table for 'chop up'
Each phrasal verb is presented in its own table (see Fig. 1), and each table has:

  • two example sentences, one with the phrasal verb colour-highlighted
  • patterns of usage (e.g. ‘chop up sth’/ ‘chop sth up’)
  • references to related phrasal verbs (e.g. & see also: cut up)
  • space to write your own example sentence (under the handwriting symbol -)
  • space to write your own notes (under the handwriting symbol - or book symbol &)
How does it work?

a) Read
the two example sentences in a phrasal verb's table and try to figure out what the phrasal verb means. Think of it as solving a puzzle. When you solve the puzzle by figuring out what the phrasal verb means, you'll feel happy and pleased with yourself, and you'll want to try the next one, and so on. In this way, learning phrasal verbs becomes fun and challenging. Learning this way also means you'll get a clear understanding of the phrasal verb's meaning, and you'll have a strong memory of it because you've had to think hard to figure out what it means, and doing this leaves a strong impression in the brain. Most learners find this method more interesting, more fun, and more effective than trying to learn by memorising long lists of phrasal verbs and their definitions.

b) Write your own example sentence after you've figured out what a phrasal verbs means if you like. This will help you to remember how to use the phrasal verb correctly, as you will study the example sentences and the patterns of usage in order to make sure your sentence is correct. You can also write your own notes or hints to help you remember what it means or how it's used. You can write these in English or in your own language if you prefer.

phrasal verb table with st's notes

c) Check your understanding after you've studied some of the phrasal verbs by doing some fun quiz questions (see Fig. 3). At the end of each section, you'll find a set of quiz questions that test all the phrasal verbs in the section. After you've done the questions, check your answers in the Answer Key at the back of the book. You can also do the quiz questions before you start studying to find out which phrasal verbs you don't know. Also, you can do them a few days or a few weeks after you've learned a set of phrasal verbs to revise them and make sure you don't forget them.

phrasal verb quiz questions

All 1,000 quiz questions are in the ‘missing word’ or cloze format. A sentence is given in which one word is missing, and you have to figure out what the missing word is. You are shown where the word fits in the sentence, and told how many letters it contains. In all the questions the missing word is part of a phrasal verb, either the verb (e.g. ‘chop’) or the particle (e.g. ‘up’).

What else does the book have?
At the end of the book there are two appendixes. In the first appendix, phrasal verb dictionaries and text books are recommended, and in the second appendix online resources such as special dictionaries and grammar guides are listed, as well as hundreds of fun phrasal verb quizzes and interactive games to help you learn and revise your phrasal verbs.