10 Phrasal Verbs You Need to Know for Fluency in English

Hello dear learners! I hope your English-language studies are going well! As you progress through your journey towards fluency, you may have noticed several phrasal verbs. Our lesson here will discuss the 10 phrasal verbs you need to know for fluency in English! What are phrasal verbs? A phrasal verb is a verb + a preposition (this preposition is often the word that changes the meaning of the phrase itself).

Ex. Get – to receive something

However, the phrasal verb ‘get out’ means something else completely (to exit).

Phrasal verbs are usually not favorable topics among students, and that’s because there are so many of them to learn, and each of them has different meanings. However, phrasal verbs often add much more to your English fluency than just using regular vocabulary words, and that’s why learning them are extremely important as they can really help you improve the way you think and write in English — not to mention that they’re always used in conversations, so learning phrasal verbs will really help your speaking skills, too!

So, let’s go over the 10 phrasal verbs you need to know for fluency in English! Watch the video to follow along!

  1. Come By To search for something.
    • Ex. Did you come by my keys anywhere? I can’t find them. (Did you find my keys anywhere?)
  2. Get ByTo do the minimum amount of work possible.
    • Ex. I get by in my job. (I do the minimum amount of work possible in my job)
  3. Make ForTo run away in a specific direction
    • Ex. We need to make for the hills! (We need to run away!)
  4.  Go ForTo chase/pursue something
    • Ex. I’m going to go for a Master’s degree in Physics. (I’m going to pursue a Master’s degree)
  5.  Put UpTo withstand something
    • Ex. I can’t put up with this cold weather. (I can’t withstand this cold weather)
  6. Take UpTo begin something
    • Ex. I’m going to take up painting as a hobby. (I’m going to start painting as a hobby)
  7. Break IntoTo enter someone’s house (usually without permission)
    • Ex. The thief broke into my house last night! (The thief entered my house last night)
  8. Look IntoTo research / find more information about something
    • Ex. I’m going to look into the best places to travel (I’m going to research the best places to travel)
  9. Pull UpSimilar meaning as Look Into; to research or find more information
    • Ex. Can you pull up more information about this city? (Can you find more information about this city?)
  10. Pick UpSimilar meaning as Take Up; to start/begin something
    • Ex. I’m going to pick up a new hobby. (I’m going to start a new hobby)


  1. Set OnTo be determined
    • Ex. I’m set on learning English this year! (I’m determined to learn English this year)
  2. Keep OnTo continue
    • Ex. I’m going to keep on learning English! (I’m going to continue learning English)

Those are the 10 phrasal verbs you need to know for fluency in English, plus 2 more! As you can see, there are a lot of different phrasal verbs that involve different combinations of prepositions, and while that may be a lot to learn, it’s also fun to learn all of the different types of expressions that you can use in your conversations with native speakers! Phrasal verbs are essential for understanding English speakers, and using them will help you sound more natural and fluent, which is our goal, right?

Check out our video below to better understand phrasal verbs and how they’re used!

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