Separable and Nonseparable Phrasal Verbs
One of the most difficult things about the English language are phrasal verbs. Our English students struggle with phrasal verbs even at the advanced level. So, we will be doing a series of videos to help our students tackle the phrasal verb challenge.
This first video is very important, it is about separable and nonseparable verbs. Sometimes we can separate a phrasal verb. For example, you can say both: “He put a coat on” and “He put on a coat.”
Sometimes we CANNOT separate the verb, for example: “He ran into a friend” is ok, but not “
He ran a friend into. “
Watch the video to learn why and when to separate phrasal verbs.
Try these exercises to see if you understand: take off, put on, or run into
1. She ________ the coat ________ before she went outside.
2. They ____ __ a new opera, that was very successful.
3. Luke was driving too fast and he ____ ___ a tree.
4. Have you ____ ___ Frank lately?
5. Did you ____ it ___ the table?
7. I need to ______ some time _____ work, while my grandmother is visiting.
8. Please _____ ____ your shoes before coming in.
9. I _____ the money ____ the table when no one was looking.
10. Our plane _____ ___ three hours late because of a mechanical problem.
Rewrite these sentences using the correct phrasal verb.
1. The plane is leaving the ground.
2. I unexpectedly saw my cousin at the football game.
3. You almost hit a light post when you were driving the car too fast.
4. My mother attached her name-tag on her shirt before the meeting.
5. I removed my shirt before I got in the shower.
6. After my shower I dressed in a new shirt.
Put the object in parentheses in the correct place:
1. She put on (her coat, the rack)
2. I took off (my shoes)
3. I took off (it)
4. Paul ran into (a tree)
5. Luke ran into (her, at the grocery store)