WORDS, WORDS, WORDS
There are many reasons why phrasal verbs are confusing. Often the meaning of a phrasal verb is very different from the meaning of the verb alone. As well, the same phrasal verb may have more than one meaning. For example:
TURN – to move in a new direction
Ex: Please turn right at the next corner.
TURN DOWN – 1. To reject; 2. To reduce the volume of a TV or stereo.
Ex: The university turned down my application.
Ex: John! Turn down the music!
A great way to help you to learn phrasal verbs is to always link the phrasal verb with a particular image or situation in your mind. For example, when I hear the phrasal verb TURN DOWN, I imagine myself reducing the volume on the TV (and I imagine my mother’s angry expression!). As well, when I think of TURN DOWN, I can imagine myself asking someone out on a date and being rejected :( . Linking a phrasal verb to a particular idea or situation can help you to remember how and when to use it.
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