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Focus on Phrasal Verbs:
Learners and phrasal verbs

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Focus on Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs can be challenging, and the aim of the Language Study pages in the brand-new Macmillan Phrasal Verbs Plus is to help you to understand and use them correctly. You will find information on a range of topics that are especially relevant to phrasal verbs: how they are pronounced and where the stress falls (Pronunciation and Phrasal Verbs); how they combine with other words in a sentence (The Syntactic Behaviour of Phrasal Verbs); and what types of text they are typically used in (Register and Phrasal Verbs).

You can also read about the ways in which new phrasal verbs develop (Metaphor and Phrasal Verbs, 'New' Phrasal Verbs) and the ways in which verbs, nouns, and adjectives combine with particles to make new word forms (Phrasal Verbs and Other 'Phrasal' Vocabulary). In addition to these topics we have included the most common problems experienced by learners using phrasal verbs (Learners and Phrasal Verbs).

These pages will give you a lot of useful information about how phrasal verbs behave. They will also show you how important phrasal verbs are in all types of English, and how much they contribute to the formation of new vocabulary. We hope that reading these articles will show you some new aspects of phrasal verbs, and will give you confidence when you are using them.

This month you can find out about the most frequent types of error learners make when using phrasal verbs.