18 Phrasal Verbs to Describe Actions With Objects

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A Phrasal Verb is a combination of a verb & a preposition or a verb & an adverb, which when used together, generally takes on a different meaning to that of the original verb.


In this article, We will be discussing about Phrasal Verbs which are used to describe objects with basic actions in our day-to-day life, with Examples. Let’s Begin.

1. let in

  • to allow to enter
    “We rang the doorbell and someone came and let us in.”
    “Shoes are no good if they let in water.”

2. light up

  • to shine a light on something or to illuminate
    “The screen lights up when you turn on the computer.”
    “Her face always lights up when she sees her grandson.”

3. look for

  • to try to find something or someone
    “Someone came to the office looking for you.”
    “Jane went shopping to look for an outfit for the wedding.”

4. pick up

  • to collect something/somebody; give someone a lift
    “James is coming to pick me up at the station.”
    “The baby was crying so I picked her up.”
  • to learn
    “Children are quick to pick up a new language.”

5. put back

  • to replace or return something to its proper place
    “Shall I put it back in the box for you?
    “Please put the dictionary back on the shelf beside the others.

6. put down

  • to stop holding something and place it on a surface or the ground
    “He put the basket down and looked inside it.”
    “She put down her bag and kissed him.”

7. put in

  • to put one thing inside another thing inside thing
    “I  need to put a new battery in my phone.”
    “He stood at the slot machine and put in a coin.”

8. put together

  • to make something by joining different parts or people
    “It’s very interesting to see how they put together these huge structures.”
    “I have all the parts here – I just need to put them together.”

9. put up

  • to put something to a higher position
    “He put up the collar of his jacket.”
    “Maria put her feet up on the desk.”

10. take away

  • to remove something from a place and put it somewhere else
    “She took her hands away from her eyes and looked.”
    “A waiter came to take away the plates.”

11. take back

  • to take something to a place or a person where it originally belonged
    “I filled a plastic bottle with water and took it back to the car?”
    “We will take back the goods only if you can produce the receipt.”

12. take off

  • to leave the ground
    “The plane took off at 7 O’Clock”
  • to remove clothing from one’s or another’s body
    Take off your clothes; they are very wet.”

13. throw up

  • to vomit; be sick
    “I nearly threw up when I saw the injured passengers.”
    “I leaned over and threw up again.”

14. throw away/out

  • to discard something as useless or unwanted
    “You can throw away that book – it’s a load of rubbish!”
    “I can make soup with the leftover vegetables, so don’t throw out.”

15. throw in

  • to put or drop into something such as a mixture or a container
    “Add a teaspoonful of salt, throw in the rice.”
    “I threw it in a drawer and forgot about it.”

16. try on

  • to put on or wear something to see if it suits or fits
    “I’m not sure about the size. Can I try it on?”
    “I tried on a couple of dresses but they were too expensive.”

17. turn off

  • to stop something by turning a switch, tap, or knob
    “George came in and turned off the radio.”
    “Please remember to turn off the lights before you leave.”

18. turn on

  • to start something by turning a switch, tap, or knob
    “Shall I turn the lights on?”
    “The fan won’t turn on.”


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