Phrasal Verbs


Phrasal Verbs sind vor allem in der gesprochenen Sprache aber auch in informellen Texten wie E-Mails zu finden. Sie bestehen aus einem Verb plus einem Partikel (Präposition, Adverb). Der Partikel kann die Bedeutung des Verbs vollständig ändern, z. B.:

look up – nachschlagen
look for – suchen. 
look forward – sich auf etwas freuen.

In diesem Fall ist das sture Auswendiglernen die falsche Herangehensweise. Am besten lernen Sie die Phrasal Verbs im Kontext wie z. B. im folgenden Telefonat zweier ehemaligen Arbeitskollegen:

Let’s hook up for a cup of coffee!

Jacky: Hi Rachel, shall we hook up for a coffee soon?

Rachel: Yes, I’d love to catch up and find out all about what’s been happening at the office. How have you been?

Jacky: I’ve been very busy lately. I am covering for Matt while he is on vacation. It’s a lot to deal with, endlessly following up on late payments and sorting out invoices. And you?

Rachel: Well, as you know I finally set up my own business. I’m glad I went through with it but it was not easy to pull off. By the way, how is Simon?

Jacky: He could be better. He was laid off a few months ago and is finding it hard to get a new job. He is slowly running out of money and his parents will have to bail him out because he can’t keep up with his mortgage.

Rachel: That doesn’t sound good. You will have to tell me more over coffee. Speaking of coffee, time to top up my cup and get back to work!

.Phrasal Verbs 

hook up – meet with someone

catch up with  – learn or discuss the latest news

find out – get information about something

deal with – be responsible for something

follow up on – pursue, chase

sort out – organise

set up – start something, e.g., a business

go through with – complete something despite difficulty

pull off – achieve something successfully

lay off – make redundant, fire from job

run out of – becoming less and less

bail out – rescue, help financially

keep up with – continue

top up – add more


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