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Oct 30, 2015


Hey there! What’s up?

Welcome to Go Natural English.

I’m here with you today on my porch.

It’s a beautiful evening.

It’s a great time to talk about how you can improve your English fluency with the top 10 phrasal verbs.

So, I’d like to share these with you.

I’m not holding back any secrets.

These are the top ten phrasal verbs that you need to know and examples of each.

Now, first of all a phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition.

And often in English, that preposition will change the meaning of the verb.

So, for example, ‘get’ usually means ‘to receive something’.

But, for example, if I say, ‘Get out,’ it means ‘Leave, exit.’

So, the meaning is different.

I think you can see how a phrasal verb is different.

And what’s really special and interesting about phrasal verbs is that native speakers use them all the time.

We use them a lot more than a more formal version of the verb, like ‘leave’.

I would tell my friend ‘Get out,’ I wouldn’t say ‘Leave.’

Well, that would be kind of rude in either situation.

But anyway, what I want to help you out with are the top ten phrasal verbs.

And this episode is just scratching the surface.

These are all phrasal verbs that are included in the new Go Natural English course that the GNE team and I are working on really, really hard right now so that we can release it early next year and so that you can be a part of it.

So, this course covers a lot of areas.

The phrasal verbs are one of five things that you’re going to learn in the course.

It’s going to be super awesome.

So, I just wanted to mention that I’m working hard on it, and I hope that you’ll keep your eyes open to find out more about it.

So, let’s start with the ten verbs.

The first one, ‘come’.

So, for example, ‘come by’ means ‘to find’.

‘Hey, did you come by my keys anywhere? I can’t find them anywhere.’

The next one is ‘get’.

‘Get by’ means ‘to do the minimum amount of work required’.

For example, ‘I’m just getting by in my English class, because I never do my homework.

But I participate in class, so I’m doing okay, I’m getting by, I’ll have a passing grade.’

‘Make for’.

I say, ‘Make for the hills.’

That means ‘Run, run away.’

‘Make for’ is to go in a specific direction.

‘Go for’ is different.

You think that since ‘make for’ means ‘go’, ‘go for’ would mean the same thing?

It doesn’t. Of course not.

‘Go for’ means ‘to pursue something’.

‘Hey, I think I’m going to go for a degree program.’


‘Put up’ means ‘to withstand something’.

‘I can put up with hot weather better than cold weather.’

‘Take up’ means ‘to start or to begin something’.

‘So, I’m thinking about taking up a new hobby.

I really like sports, so maybe I’ll take up a new sport.’


‘Break into’ means like when a robber enters your house without permission.

They break in or break into a house.

‘Look into’ means ‘to research something’.

‘Oh, let’s find some information about the best place to travel over a next vacation.’

‘I’ll look into it.’

‘Pull up’.

‘Pull up’ means ‘to find’, maybe ‘to research and to find some information’.

‘Did you know the information, the phone number for that restaurant I want to go to?’

‘I’ll pull up the information.’

‘Pick up’ is ‘to start something’.

So, I mentioned ‘I’m going to take up a new hobby.’

Well, ‘pick up’ is similar.

‘I’m going to pick up a new hobby.’

‘Set on’.

‘Set on’ can be ‘to feel determined’.

‘I’m set on helping you to become fluent in English if you’ll let me.’

‘Keep on’, our last one.