Most students start to tremble and shake in fear as soon as they start to discover the intricate world of phrasal verbs but…are they really that difficult to use? Not at all!
In this blog entry we´ll see many examples of how these fearsome words can be used in practical terms.
Let´s start with a very easy one: TAKE UP. Its literal definition is “become interested or engaged in a pursuit.” We can use it to answer questions like:
- “What do you do in your free time?”
- “I love sports a lot. In fact, I have recently taken up tennis because I want to practise it every weekend so that I can improve very quickly.”
Another easy phrasal verb to use during the speaking test is COME DOWN TO. It´s often used to say what you´re going to speak about or to introduce a new topic. Let´s see one possible example:
- “Do you have a favourite place to eat?”
- “When it comes down to eating, I love Italian food so…” (Answer continues)
The third example is one of the most common phrasal verbs that can be used in everyday conversations: CARRY ON + ING. It means “continue to do one activity”. We can use it in cases like the following:
- “What would you like to do in the future?”
- “ I would like to carry on studying my degree in Medicine to have a good educational background and then I would like to become a good doctor”
Finally, a very handy phrasal verb to learn and use is COME UP WITH. There are many possible cases to make good use of it.
- “Tell me about your best friend”
- “My best friend is called Susan and I especially like her because she always comes up with great ideas when we plan our weekends”
Although there are many, many more examples, the ones shown above will give you a clearer vision of how easy it is to use phrasal verbs to answer questions in the speaking test.