How can I sound more like a native English speaker. A good way is to start using some phrasal verbs.
What is a Phrasal Verb?
Firstly, let’s outline briefly what a phrasal verb actually is!
Have you ever noticed how when you sometimes add a seemingly tiny word like a preposition or an adverb after a verb, the meaning can completely change? That’s phrasal verbs.
Let’s look at some examples.
“Pick” is just a normal verb, not a phrasal verb. Well, not yet at least. It can mean a few things. Let’s focus on one meaning for our example: to select or choose.
We need to pick which meal we’d like to eat.
But look what happens to ‘pick’ when we add the word ‘up’.
Phrasal Verb: Pick Up
Now, as if by some kind of wordplay magic, “pick” has become a phrasal verb. To ‘pick up’ can actually mean many different things. We’ll look at just four of the possible meanings in this post: to improve, to collect someone or something, and to acquire knowledge.
Let’s look at an example for each of these:
Improve: The weather is picking up lately, isn’t it?
Collect someone: Can you pick up Jenny after football practice?
Collect something: Can you pick up my parcel from the post office?
Acquire knowledge: James picked up Spanish really quickly.
Like to learn some of the top phrasal verbs in English? Watch this blog later in the month on the 25 May