Saturday, May 28, 2011

PHRASAL VERB

phrasal verbs
A verb that consists of a main verb plus an adverb. Phrasal verbs can be transitive or intransitive. For example:
intransitive
transitive
back away
carry out
catch on
dig up
hold on
leave behind
settle down
spell out
Transitive phrasal verbs
The adverb can come before or after the object:
They've dug up a lot of human bones at my old uncle's house.
They've dug a lot of human bones up at my old uncle's house.
But if the object is a personal pronoun it normally comes before the adverb:
They should have left him behind.
If the object consists of a fairly long noun phrase, it is usually more convenient to place it after the adverb — otherwise the reader is left waiting for the completion of the verb. Compare these two versions of the same sentence:
Mr Lamont spelled out the tactics behind the battle for the pound.
Mr Lamont spelled the tactics behind the battle for the pound out.
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