PREPOSITIONAL & PHRASAL VERBS. According to his calendar, Matt was available all morning. I considered to call on him but I came across Tom on the corner. At that stage, Tom was getting over his back injury so I invited him for a coffee. I felt like a piece of chocolate cake. Then, minutes after we ordered he asked the question, “How are you getting on darling?” Because I did not want to go into it, I just nodded. During my divorce I was looking for someone to rescue me, but not anymore. Tom never put up with Matt. As soon as Matt owned up to cheating on me, Tom looked down on him. Tom was the first one to see through his lies. However, he never told me. Tom looks like our dad, he also takes after our grandfather. He looked after both until they passed away. Without a doubt, my oldest brother was looking forward to seeing me move on. Sooner or later I will.
Prepositional Verbs vs Phrasal verbs
A prepositional verb is a verb followed by a *preposition. Using the correct preposition is very important. Prepositional verbs must not be separate. An object only can go after a preposition. VERB + PREPOSITION + OBJECT
Some commonly used prepositional verbs are as follows:
e.g. laugh at, knock at, listen to, consist of, beg for, look at, wait for, agree with, agree to, believe in, suffers from, remind of, worry about, approve of, charged with.
A phrasal verb is a combination of words (a verb + a preposition or verb + *adverb) that when used together, usually take on a different meaning to that of the original verb. Phrasal verbs can be separated. The object can go before and after the adverb. VERB +OBJECT + ADVERB or VERB +ADVERB + OBJECT.
e.g. look down on, get on with, hand in, put off, ran into, showing off, give in, drop in, come across, show up, lift up, blown over, took off, get into.
* What is a preposition?
A word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element in the clause, as in ‘the man on the platform’, ‘she arrived after dinner’, ‘what did you do it for ?’.
* What is an adverb?
A word or phrase that modifies the meaning of an adjective, verb, or another adverb, expressing manner, place, time, or degree (e.g. gently, here, now, very ). Some adverbs, for example, sentence adverbs, can also be used to modify whole sentences.