Today we are going to learn about separable and inseparable phrasal verbs.
There are phrasal verbs that can be separated, some that cannot and others that can be either.
Cheer up! Don’t worry…
Let me cheer you up! It is not that difficult….
As you can see the phrasal verb “to cheer up” can separated…
A phrasal verb is separable when it is transitive, that is, it needs a direct object to express a complete idea.
Look at this example
He has been watching TV too long, so his mother can say:
“Please, turn off the TV” or “Please, turn the TV off”
“To turn off” is a transitive phrasal verb and therefore it is separable. The direct object is the noun “the TV” and that is why both examples are correct. However, if we used the pronoun “it”, we MUST separate the phrasal verb and say:
Please, turn it off
On the contrary, an intransitive phrasal verb is not separable.
For example, if the boy complains, the mum can say:
When you grow up, you can watch all the TV you want.
“To grow up” is an intransitive phrasal verb and therefore CANNOT be separated.
Well, this is all for NOW
Take care and keep on learning English
PS: “To take care” and “keep on” are two inseparable phrasal verbs