McGraw-Hill's Super-Mini Phrasal Verb Dicitonary

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

McGraw-Hill's Super-Mini Phrasal Verb Dicitonary


McGraw-Hill's Super-Mini Phrasal Verb Dicitonary
by Richard A. Spears (Author)


Phrasal verbs, also called two-word verbs, are idiomatic
expressions wherein the second element of the verb (the
adverb or particle) is not necessarily predictable. For
instance, why the word up in call up a friend? Why not
say call on a friend or call in a friend? Actually, those are
three separate, unpredictable combinations, and they each
mean something completely different. For example, you
can call up a friend on the telephone, call on a friend to
visit a friend’s home, and call in a friend to come help you
with something.
This dictionary is a compilation of 1,800 phrasal verbs
consisting of either a transitive or intransitive verb and its
particle or adverb. In many cases, additional prepositional
phrases are shown as part of the entry, but the dictionary
focuses on phrasal or two-word verbs. This second edi-
tion of the basic phrasal verb collection is based on
McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal
Verbs. The format of the dictionary is designed to pro-
vide the information needed by learners who are attempt-
ing to read and write conventional American English.

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