JOHN AND SARAH FREE MATERIALS (C) 2014
This page was originally intended for Spanish learners of English but you may find it useful.Note: Phrasal verbs are verbs with a verb and a preposition. eg. get up, get on, get out, get over, get into etc.
66 ESSENTIAL PHRASAL VERBS (INTERMEDIATE)
|AGREE WITH - estar de acuerdo - "All women are bad drivers." "I
don't agree with you."
BE ABOUT TO - estar a punto de -I was about to leave the house when my friends arrived.
BE BACK - regresar -I'm working late at the office tonight so I won't be back until 10.
BE OUT OF - quedarse sin - We're out of eggs so we can't make a tortilla.
BE OVER - terminarse - When the football match was over, we went to the pub.
BE UP - estar levantado - "Phil isn't up yet: he's still in bed. Phone again in ten minutes."
BLOW UP - estallar (una bomba) - The bomb blew up killing six people.
BLOW UP - inflar - We blew up at least a hundred balloons for the Christmas party.
BREAK DOWN - averiarse - My car broke down on the way to Motril.
CALL BACK - volver a llamar - "I'm afraid the manager isn't here at the moment. Could you call back later?"
CARRY ON - seguir. continuar - I'm sorry if I interrupted you. Please carry on.
CARRY OUT - cumplir (una promesa) - The President carried out his promise to reduce taxation.
CARRY OUT - llevar a cabo - The execution was carried out at seven o'clock in the morning.
CLEAR UP - poner en orden - It took four hours to clear up after the party.
COME ACROSS - encontrar, dar con - I came across an old friend on the metro in Madrid.
COME BACK - regresar - I'm going to England for two weeks. I'm coming back on the fifth.
COME IN - entrar - "Good morning. Come in and sit down."
COME ON - ¡Vamos!, ¡Date prisa! - Come on. We're going to be late.
CUT DOWN ON - consumir menos - You must cut down on cholesterol or you'll have a heart attack.
CUT OFF - cortar, desconnectar - When we didn't pay the bill, the electricity was cut off.
CUT UP - cortar en pedazos - We cut up the birthday cake and gave everyone a slice.
DO UP - abrochar, atar - I was five before I knew how to do up my shoelaces.
DO WITH - tener algo que ver con, tener relación con - "What's MS DOS?" "It's got something to do with computers."
DO WITHOUT - pasarse sin, prescindir de - The shops are shut so we'll have to do without sugar.
DRAW UP - pararse - The car drew up at the zebra crossing.
GET BACK - volver, regresar - Cinderella had to get back by twelve o'clock.
GET IN(TO) - entrar - I lost my keys and so I couldn't get into the house.
GET OFF - bajar (de un autobus, tren) - You have to get off the bus at the next stop if you want the station.
GET ON - subir (a un autobus, tren, moto) - Quick! Get on the train, it's about to leave.
GET UP - levantarse - When I got up this morning it was still dark.
GIVE BACK - devolver - If you don't like the dress, the shop will give you your money back.
GIVE UP - perder la esperanza, rendirse - If you find phrasal verbs difficult, don't give up.
GIVE UP - dejar (de fumar, beber) - You'll get cancer if you don't give up smoking.
GO AHEAD - ¡Siga! - "Can I use the telephone?" "Yes, go ahead."
GO AWAY - irse, marcharse - Are you going away for Christmas, or are you staying at home.
GO BACK - volver, regresar - Although she's forty, she's going back to University to study French.
GO DOWN - bajar - The price of fruit goes down in the summer.
GO OUT - salir (por la calle) - I always go out and have a few drinks on Saturday night.
GO UP - subir - The price of cigarettes went up in January 1992.
HANG ON/HOLD ON - esperar - Hold on for a minute as Pablo will be back in five minute.
HANG UP - colgar (el teléfono) - My ex-girlfriend hung up when I phoned her.
KEEP UP WITH - mantenerse (a la altura de) - I can't keep up with my father when we go cycling as he goes too fast.
KNOCK DOWN - derribar, atropear, demoler - My grandfather's old house was knocked down and a bank was built.
LEAVE BEHIND - olvidar, dejar - When I got to the airport, I realised I had left my passport behind.
LET IN - dejar entrar - She opened the door and let in the cat.
LOOK AFTER - cuidar - My mother looks after the children when we go away.
LOOK FOR - buscar - I spent two hours looking for my glasses before I found them.
LOOK FORWARD TO - esperar con ilusión - I'm looking forward to the Easter holidays.
LOOK OUT - tener cuidado, ¡Ojo! Look out! - There's a car coming.
LOOK UP - buscar algo (en un libro, diccionario) - If you don't understand the word, look it up in a dictionary.
PUT IN - meter, introducir - Put ten pence in the machine and you will get a cup of coffee.
PUT ON - encender - Put on the light, it's getting dark.
PUT ON - ponerse (la ropa) - Put your coat on or you'll get cold.
RUN OUT OF - quedars sin algo We ran out of petrol so we had to get the bus.
SET OFF - ponerse en camino - We set off to Madrid at five o'clock to avoid the traffic.
TAKE AFTER - parecerse a - Pablo takes after his mother: they are both optimistic.
TAKE OFF - despegar - The flight was delayed for two hours and the plane eventually took off at 6 p.m.
TAKE OFF - quitarse la ropa - Take off your coat and make yourself comfortable.
TAKE OUT - extraer, sacar - He took out a cigarette and lit it.
THROW AWAY - tirar (en la basura) - Don't throw these papers away: they're important.
TURN DOWN - bajar (el volumen) - Turn down the radio: it's too loud.
TURN UP - poner el volumen más fuerte - Turn up the radio. I can't hear it.
TURN ON - encender (televisión, luces etc.) - Turn on the television, please, I want to see the news.