GT Task 1 Day 14: Phrasal Verbs and idiomatic language
This set of LIVE videos focuses on using sets of phrasal verbs in real-life, personalised situations.
If you don’t have time to watch the videos, flick through the slides and try to think of personal examples to make them more memorable.
Before you watch
Which preposition can you use with all of these ‘put’ verbs?
1. Buy your ticket now before they put the price ___!
2. Can you put me ___ for a couple of nights?
3. I just can’t put ___ with his behaviour any more.
Check the video and download to find out. In this lesson, I’ve chosen the most useful phrasal verbs for you to use in Writing Task 1.
Don’t worry about the weird rules about separable/non-separable verbs, and the difference between a phrasal verb and a prepositional phrase (who cares?!).
Just learn the phrases as CHUNKS.
Phrasal Verbs with ‘back’
Phrasal Verbs with ‘out’
Informal expressions for letter-writing
Phrasal verbs with ‘with’
Useful Phrasal Verb lists:
- 47 phrasal verbs and their one-word equivalent
- English club – 200 words in sentences.
- Phrasal verb ‘rules’ (only if you’re interested)
- Phrasal verbs for FORMAL writing
- Lovely expressions for informal emails (Phraseum website)
- Speaking Bootcamp Day 25: Phrasal NOUNS (Advanced)
How the lesson will help:
In this lesson, I’ve chosen the most useful phrasal verbs for you to use in Writing Task 1, plus some less common colloquial terms.
It’s impossible to cover all 10,000 phrasal verbs and their meanings (you’re only allowed 150 words anyway!) so focus on words that you know well and can use naturally.
Why you need to do it:
Phrasal verbs are a great way of adding ‘less common words’ to your informal writing.
Don’t worry about the weird rules about separable/non-separable verbs, and the difference between a phrasal verb and a prepositional phrase or a multi-word verbs (who cares?!).
What you need to do:
- The video will tell you what you already know – there are too many phrasal verbs with complicated meanings that no-one can learn in a short tieme.
- So just accept that and use what you know WELL.
- Download the list, cross off the easy ones, and focus on memorising the example sentences so that you can use them without thinking too hard.
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