What is a phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is a phrase consisting of a verb and preposition or an adverb, or both, which together function as a verb. Phrasal verbs usually have idiomatic meaning—- that is, their meaning is not obvious from the individual words that make up the phrase.

Moreover, the same phrasal verb may have different meanings in different sentences.

For example:

  • My car broke down yesterday.

She broke down when her grandfather passed away

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