One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.
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- ‘It is sometimes possible to match the elements of phrasal verbs and Latinate verbs: climb up with a/scend, climb down with de/scend.’
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- ‘English has a daunting inventory of phrasal verbs, such as break in, break out, break away, break into, break through, break up and break down.’
- ‘The lesson had been about phrasal verbs, and I wondered where this had come from.’
- ‘Every word is explained with the related idioms and phrasal verbs and there are ‘Help’ notes all along, to ensure that you do not use the word incorrectly.’
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