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The grammar of phrasal verbs

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Here‘s a good explanation of the grammar of phrasal verbs. Learn phrasal verbs properly!

But remember there is no quick and easy way to learn them. It is a question of practice and USAGE!

Then, try to understand the logic of each particle: meaning associated to “up” “down” “off”… and then group phrasal verbs around topics (media, relatioships, doctors, etc). For instance, listen to these audios (I stumbled upon this great great site on phrasal verbs, kudos to phrasalverbdemon.com!) and try to group all verbs+particles you hear around several different topics.

Check out also the other posts I have published on phrasal verbs.

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May 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm

FCE Practice Tests: Use of English, gap filling.

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April 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm

FCE Practice Tests: Use of English, multiple choice.

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April 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

FCE Use of English: sample test and keys

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April 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Word formation

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test1wordformation

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April 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I wish I knew how…

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A lot of theory/grammar on wish and all that. But see it in practice here:

(Have I ever told you how much I love Nina Simone?)

(and watch her answering here: what’s free to me?)

I also like this cover by Lighthouse Family, notice how different the lyrics are, if at all:

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April 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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I hope your wish comes true (wish vs hope)

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…and you pass the FCE with flying colors.

In the meantime, check out the difference bw wish and hope here (ppt).

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April 21, 2009 at 7:15 pm

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