One of the most difficult topics in English is unsuspectedly ” PHRASAL VERBS ” . In this article we have picked up the most important phrasal verbs with their meanings and we have used them in the sentences.

Phrasal Verb – A

Abide by : Accept or follow a decision or rule.
We have to ABIDE BY what the court says.

Account for : To explain.
They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.

Ache for : Want something or someone a lot.
My partner’s been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her.


Act on: To take action because of something like information received.
The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang redhanded.

Act on : Affect.
The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.

Act out : Perform something with actions and gestures..
They ACTED OUT the story on stage.
Act out : Express an emotion in your behaviour.
Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.

Act up : Behave badly or strangely.
My computer’s ACTING UP ; I think I
might have a virus.

Act upon : To take action because of something like information received.
The police were ACTING UPON a tipoff.
Act upon : Affect.
The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins.

Add on : Include in a calculation.
You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give.

Add up : To make a mathematical total.
We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct.

Add up : Be a satisfactory explanantion for something.
She explained why the work wasn’t ready,
but her story doesn’t ADD UP.

Add up to : Have a certain result.
Trains delays are getting worse and with
the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery
for the commuters.

Add up to : Come to a certain amount or figure.
The total costs ADD UP TO several
million euros.

Agree with : Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect, especially is it makes you feel bad.
I feel terrible- that food didn’t AGREE WITH my stomach.

Aim at : To target.

The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers.
Aim at : Intend to achieve.
They’re AIMING AT reducing costs by
ten percent.


Allow for : Include something in a plan or calculation.
You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey.

Allow of : Make possible, permit.
The rules don’t ALLOW OF any exceptions.

Angle for : Try to get something indirectly, by hinting
or suggesting.
He’s been ANGLING FOR an invitation, but I don’t want him to come.

Answer back :  To reply rudely to someone in authority.
Her mother was shocked when she started ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help.



Answer for : Be held responsible for a problem.
The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out
the problem.

Answer for : Speak on behalf of someone or from
knowing them.
I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue.

Argue down : Beat someone in a debate, discussion or
The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN, but she couldn’t.

Argue down : Persuade someone to drop the price of something they’re selling.
She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent.

Argue down: Try to persuade people not to accept a
proposition, motion, etc.
They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal.

Argue out : Argue about a problem to find a solution.
If we can’t ARGUE our differences OUT, we’ll have to take them to court.

Ask about : Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health.
He ASKED ABOUT my father.



Ask after : Enquire about someone’s health, how life
is going.
Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine.

Ask around : Ask a number of people for information of help.
I have no idea, but I’ll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help.

Ask around : Invite someone.

We ASKED them AROUND for dinner.

Ask for : To provoke a negative reaction. You’re ASKING FOR trouble.

Ask for : Request to have or be given. I ASKED FOR the menu.

Ask in : To invite somebody into your house. ‘Jon’s at the door.’ ‘ASK him IN.

Ask out : To invite someone for a date.
He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too

Ask over : Invite.
They have ASKED us OVER for drinks
on Friday.

Ask round : Invite someone. We ASKED John ROUND for dinner.

Auction off : Sell something in an auction.
They AUCTIONED OFF their property as they were heavily in debt.



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