Learning phrasal verbs can really enrich your English and help you to sound more like a native speaker. Here are 20 common phrasal verbs for you to learn and start using now!
1. break up (with somebody) = to end a relationship
She wants to break up with her boyfriend.
2. look after (somebody/something) = to care for (somebody/something)
It's hard work looking after three small children all day.
3. get back together = to start a relationship again after a break up
He always leaves her and then a week later they get back together.
4. put something off = delay, wait or hesitate to do something
I must talk to her about this. I can't put it off any longer.
5. put somebody off = to distract somebody
I did badly in the exam because the people talking loudly outside really put me off.
6. put somebody off something = cause somebody to lose interest or enjoyment in something
The food poisoning he got from a prawn really put him off seafood.
7. pop in = visit briefly
I popped in to the shop on my way home from work as we needed some bread.
8. watch out = be careful
Watch out for pickpockets when travelling in big cities.
9. come up with something = think of something e.g. an idea or a plan
He's come up with an amazing idea for a robot which cleans your teeth for you.
10. set off = to start a journey
We should set off early to avoid the traffic.
11. pick somebody/something up = to collect
John is going to pick me up from the airport when I arrive.
12. drop somebody/something off = to leave somebody/something at a particular place
Would you like me to drop you off at the station?
13. go through something = to experience a difficult or unpleasant situation
He's been going through a stressful time at work.
14. look forward to something = to feel pleased or excited about something that is going to happen
I'm really looking forward to going to New York next month.
15. turn up = to appear or arrive (often unexpectedly)
I only invited ten people to the party, but in the end more than twenty people turned up!
16. try something out = test something to discover if it works, or if you like it
I'm going to try my new running trainers out at the weekend.
17. give something up = to stop/quit doing something
I'm trying to give up smoking.
18. come across something = to find something by chance
He came across some old love letters when he was tidying the basement.
19. ask somebody out = invite somebody on a date
David asked Kate out to dinner and to watch a film at the cinema.
20. have a lot on your plate = to be very busy or have a large amount of work to do
She's got a lot on her plate with three new projects starting next week.