Grammar: Position of the Phrasal Verbs

Position of the phrasal verb

 

1. Usually the phrasal verbs is not separated.

  • The car broke down on the motorway
  • In September I took up French
  • We grew up on a farm

 

2. If the phrasal verb has an object. There are two possible positions for the object:

  • I turned on the light
  • I turned the light on
  • If the object is a pronoun (him/her/me/it/etc) only one position is possible:

in between the verb + preposition.

  • I turned it on

More examples:

  • Don't throw away the jumper / Don't throw the jumper away
  • Can you fill in this sheet? / Can you fill this sheet in?

 

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