English: skills for learning
English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning

4.1 Replacing phrasal verbs with one-word equivalents

Actions are expressed through words called verbs. In everyday speech, or in less formal written communication, it is common to refer to actions using phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs consist of two words such as go on and find out.

Some phrasal verbs are used in formal texts. Examples of these are:

  • ‘Gains (2013) pointed out that...’

  • ‘The investigation was carried out by means of a questionnaire.’

  • ‘The article puts forward a new theory.’

However, many phrasal verbs are considered informal and are usually replaced with one-word verbs. In the following activity you will practise finding more formal one-word equivalents of informal phrasal verbs.

Activity 9

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