The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

Phrasal verbs are difficult to learn but still very important to master because English natives use them a lot. If you want to speak English well you have to know and use at least some of the most common phrasal verbs.

As I told you in my post How to learn phrasal verbs easily, you have to avoid trying to memorize phrasal verbs using nonsense associations.
That being said, there is a way of making natural associations of phrasal verbs that are going to help you a lot. And I do say, and mark my words “Natural” associations.

The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

How To Make Natural Associations Of Phrasal Verbs

Whenever you come across a new phrasal verb, you have to think if there is any other phrasal verbs than can go with it.

As an example:
The phrasal verb Sit down makes me think about the phrasal verb Stand up.
If ISpeed up in the motorway, chances are that a Police car is going to Pull me over.

As you can see, I to try to connect Phrasal verbs that go together. Phrasal verbs that have something in common.
These kinds of associations are going to help you to use the most common phrasal verbs naturally in very specific contexts.

Let me share with you some others examples of natural association of common phrasal verbs that are helping me a lot…


Some Common Phrasal Verbs Groups

Pick up – Drop off
I was driving to my job when I saw a friend waiting for the bus. I picked him up right in front of the bus stop and then dropped him off at her home.

Fill up – Spill over
Whenever you let a child to fill up his own glass, you can be pretty sure that he’s going to spill it over.

Pass out – Come round
The man passed out because the room was too hot. He then came round after someone opened the windows to let some fresh air into the room.

Come down with – Get over
Whenever I come down with a cold, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in order to get over as soon as possible.

Break down – Cheer up
The little girl broke down when his father scolded her, but she cheered up when he gave her some candy.

Speed up – Pull over
If you speed up too much when driving don’t be surprised if the police pull you over and then fine you.

Speak up – Shut up
If I don’t hear you when you speak because there’s too much noise around us I would ask you to speak up. But if you speak too loud and you are really bothering me, I’ll be rude and say to you to “Shut up!”

Take off – Put on
You take off your clothes before having a shower and you then put them on after the shower.

Sit down – Stand up
When the judge enters the court everybody has to stand up. Once the judge is on his seat everybody can sit down.

These are only a few of the associations that I make between common phrasal verbs.
Now it’s your turn to make and share your own phrasal verbs associations!


…And Remember

The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

Do these groups make sense to you?
Share with us your phrasal verbs associations.
All your comments are very welcome!!!

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  • Hamid Mahmood

    I totally agree with the suggestions given above. It’s really a great way to learn English while making appropriate associations with Phrasal verbs. Thank you for sharing this useful learning tip.

    1. George

      Hi Hamid!

      It’s good to know that you agree with me.
      The best way to learn phrasal verbs is to do it naturally, with strategies that make sense to us.

      Thanks very much for your kind comment!
      And keep going with your English!!!

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