The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English Idioms

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!!!

How to learn phrasal verbs easily Idioms

How to learn phrasal verbs easily

I’ve already written many posts about how to learn phrasal verbs easily.
Many blog readers have also sent me emails about their problems with phrasal verbs. They feel kind of frustrated and don’t know how to learn them.

Phrasal verbs are indeed a big issue among English learners because:
There are lots of them.
Some of them have even different meanings.
It’s difficult to guess what they mean even if you know every word in it.
Ex: Run out of Have none left.

Then what to do and not to do about phrasal verbs?
 
How to learn phrasal verbs
 

English Learners Vs Phrasal Verbs

While reading my blog readers emails something struck me!
I bet that you already know how an English learner feel when you came across a new phrasal verb…
You don’t like them.
You feel lost whenever you run into a new one.
You really don’t know how to learn phrasal verbs easily.

That’s pretty demotivating, isn’t?
But…
What can you do about it?

 

How To Learn Phrasal Verbs The Wrong Way?

First Wrong strategy:
Some English learners have told me that they try to learn phrasal verbs like this…

Phrasal Verbs With “To Come”
-Come out
-Come along
-Come down
Phrasal Verbs With “To Run”
-Run out
-Run along
-Run down

My opinion:That kind of phrasal verbs groups don’t make any sense and are anything but useful.

Second Wrong strategy:
Some others blog readers told me that they used to make this other kind of groups…

Phrasal Verbs With “Up”
-Speak up
-Fill up
-Set up
Phrasal Verbs With “Down”
-Come down
-Look down
-Set down

My opinion:Once again, this lists aren’t helping them at all.

If you’re also following these kinds of strategies just forget them.
They’re doing more harm than good to your English improvement.

 

How To Learn Phrasal Verbs Easily The Right Way?

It’s time for you to start again from scratch!
Start over with a brand new mindset about phrasal verbs!

A phrasal verb is just like any other word.
What’s the difference between “To come up with” and To run?
When you read or listen for the first time the word “Run” is not a big deal, right?
You don’t try to make strange associations with other words, do you?
You don’t feel overwhelmed, do you?
Then why following weird strategies while finding a new phrasal verb?

Try to think about phrasal verbs just as if they were common verbs. Because they are!

You have verbs with:
One word Run
Two words run into
Three words Run out of

No matter how many words they have in it, they are still verbs!!!

 

Steps to follow to learn a new phrasal verb

These are the steps to follow with any new English word you find (Phrasal verb or not):
Look up for its meaning.
Check its pronunciation/accentuation.
Try to use it as much as possible.
If you forget it, don’t worry. Next time you’ll find it, it’s going to be easier for you to remember it.

 
Are you going to see phrasal verbs just like regular verbs?
Will you start learning phrasal verbs like any other word?
Share with us your opinions about phrasal verbs!
All your comments are very welcome!!!

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The English tenses summary to make English easier

The English tenses summary you are going to find in this post is mean for English learners that want to understand how to use, and clearly differentiate, the different English tenses.

If you have difficulties to feel the meaning of every tense, then this post is for you!

That being said, this English tenses summary is not an extensive one.
I just want to emphasize on the most common tenses. The ones that you are going to use most often in every day conversations.
 
The English tenses summary to make English easier

English Tenses Summary

 

Let’s take a look at the English tenses summary…

Example

Tense

I play tennis every weekend. Present Simple
You use it to talk about things that you usually do like for example habits.
am currently playing tennis and I can’t answer the phone. Present continuous
You use it to talk about things that you are currently doing right now while talking.
I played tennis in school when I was a child. Simple past
You use it to talk about things that happened in the past and are now finished.
I was playing tennis when it started to rain. Past continuous
You use it to talk about things you were currently doing in the past (playing tennis) while something else happened (started to rain).
I have played tennis too much and now I feel exhausted. Present perfect
You use it to talk about things that happened in the recent past and are connected to the present.
You want to emphasize the result of the action or that the action is completed.
I have been playing tennis all day long. Present Perfect Continuous
You use it to talk about things that happened in the recent past and are still happening now.
You want to emphasize the duration of the action.
will play tennis if I find a partner. Future Simple
You use it to talk about things that you think will occur in the future.

 

Some More Examples…

I’m going to share with you 3 others examples of an English tenses summary to help you.

First Example…

Example

Tense

She never cries. Present Simple
She is crying because you shouted at her. Present continuous
She cried when her boyfriend left her. Simple past
She was crying when I saw her. Past continuous
She has cried a lot but she now feels better. Present perfect
She has been crying since she lost her dog. Present Perfect Continuous
She will cry if she doesn’t find a job. Future Simple

 Second Example…

Example

Tense

It rains everyday in my city. Present Simple
It is raining now,  we can’t go out. Present continuous
It rained all day on my last birthday. Simple past
It was raining when you asked me to go out. Past continuous
It has rained a lot this summer. Present perfect
It has been raining all morning. Present Perfect Continuous
It will rain next weekend if the weather doesn’t change. Future Simple

 Third Example…

Example

Tense

They build houses because they are architects. Present Simple
They are currently building a house next to mine. Present continuous
They built their own house 10 years ago. Simple past
They were building their own house when I met them for the first time. Past continuous
They have built houses all over the country. Present perfect
They have been building houses for more than 10 years now. Present Perfect Continuous
They will build a house for my parents next year. Future Simple

 

How To Master The English Tenses…

As an exercise to help you master these tenses I recommend you to do this:

  1. Choose a subject (For example I, my girlfriend, he, your father, his dog, Paul…).
  2. Choose a verb.
  3. Write down or say aloud a sentence for everyone of the 7 tenses I talk about in this English tenses summary.

Do this exercise in a very regular basis until you feel comfortable using the different tenses both when speaking and writing.

Try also to analyze how other people use tenses while you listen or read. It’s going to help you a lot!

Special note:
Just be aware that among other rules, it’s not correct to use some verbs in the continuous tenses.
Example:

  • “I like cookies” is correct.
  • I’m liking cookies” is incorrect.

This happens with verbs about a mental state like for example “Love”, “Like”, ”Hate”… They are not usually used in continuous tenses.
In opposition, “action verbs” like for example “Run”, ”Shout”, “Walk”, ”Work” are commonly used in continuous tenses.
But please, don’t bother too much about that.

 

And Remember…

The English tenses summary to make English easier_
– Are you going to use this English tenses summary?
– How do you usually work English tenses?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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