Learn 20+ Separable Phrasal Verbs in English

The first important thing to remember is that some phrasal verbs are separable ...


Many phrasal verbs are transitive, meaning that they take an object. There are special rules for using transitive phrasal verbs! Let’s look at them now.

  • bring ... up - look after and influence a child until he or she is grown up

In my day, children were brought up to respect the law.

  • call ... up - telephone someone

He called me up to tell me about it.

  • calm ... down - help someone to relax

We tried to calm people’s fears.

  • clean ... up - make neat

It took us two or three days to clean it all up.

  • drop ... off - leave something/ someone

I’ll drop you off on my way home.

  • fill ... up - make full

Shall I fill the car up?

  • get ... back - get something again

Did you get your books back?

  • give ... up - stop

Your singing is beautiful – don’t give it up.

  • help ... out - help someone because they are busy or have problems

I helped her out when Stella became ill.

  • look ... up - search

Look the word up in your dictionary.

  • make ... up - pretend that something is true in order to deceive someone

I think they’re making the whole thing up.

  • pick ... up - to get something/ someone

Mummy, can you pick me up?

  • cheer ... up - make a sad person feel happy

Here’s a bit of news that will cheer you up.

  • do ... over - do something again

If you make too many mistakes, you’ll have to do it over.

  • figure ... out -  find a solution

If I have a map, I can figure it out.

  • give ... out - give something to each person in a group

Can you give the drinks out, please?

  • let ... down - not do something that someone trusts or expects you to do

The worst feeling is having let our fans down.

  • put ... away - put something in the place where it is usually kept

He put his toys away every night.

- save money

We’re putting some money away for expenses.

  • throw ... away - get rid of something that you do not want or need

I never throw clothes away.

  • turn ... down - reject or refuse

They offered her the job but she turned it down.

  • write ... down - write something on paper

This is the address. Do you want to write it down?

  • get ... up - get out of your bed after sleeping, or to make someone get out of their bed

Get me up at seven, would you?

  • give ... away - give something to someone because you do not want or need it for yourself

I gave most of my books away when I left college.

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