How can I learn phrasal verbs?


We suggest mnemonics for phrasal verbs. Pair every preposition or phrasal verb ending in English with a mnemonic image (eg IN = tunnel, UP = elevator, DOWN = cannonball, WITH = chains.

You can then use those mnemonics if you struggle with remembering these phrasal verbs in sentences, eg:

To put down: use an example sentence, then involve a cannonball in your imagery for that sentence.

To put up with: use an example sentence, and then involve an elevator and/or chains in the story.


Note: Only add these images if you have trouble with one or both parts of the phrasal verbs in question (if you forget 'with,' then only then should you put chains in the story.)

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