20 Commonly Tested Phrasal Verbs!

           Hello! So much time has passed since I last wrote a blog post. Now the semestral assessments are round the corner again. I hope you have been diligent in your revision so that you will conquer the papers without breaking a sweat!


           For today’s post, I want to focus on phrasal verbs. I have touched on this topic before (see https://www.lilbutmightyenglish.com/blog/2016/10/6/primary-english-vocabulary-questions-type-2-phrasal-verbs). In that post, I shared with you tips on how to answer the question in the Vocabulary MCQ section in Paper 2 that tests your knowledge of phrasal verbs. In this post, I will highlight the 20 most commonly tested phrasal verbs. I hope this will further help you in your revision.

           Before going through these 20 phrasal verbs, let’s do a quick recap on what a phrasal verb actually is. Like I have mentioned in the earlier post, a phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase that contains a verb (e.g. break) and another element, usually an adverb (e.g. down) or a preposition (e.g. out). Sometimes a phrasal verb can contain both an adverb and a preposition (e.g. get away with).

           The meaning of the phrasal verb differs from that of the original verb. For example, the verb ‘get’ means ‘to obtain, buy or earn something’ while the phrasal verb ‘get away with’ means ‘to succeed in avoiding punishment for a wrong-doing’.

           The best way to be good at phrasal verbs is to expose yourself to as many of these as you can, either through reading or explicit learning. I would also suggest that it is usually easier to learn phrasal verbs if you look at one verb at a time and list down all the adverbs and/or prepositions that go with it. You can do it in the form of a word web. For instance, the web for the verb ‘take’ might look like this:


           It is also advisable to include the meaning of each phrasal verb and a sentence that illustrates how it is used correctly in context. Do note that many phrasal verbs have more than one meaning.

           Are you ready to revise the 20 most commonly tested phrasal verbs? Click on the button below and take the quiz!


How did you do? If you aced the quiz, well done! You are on your way to mastering phrasal verbs. If many of the phrasal verbs on the list still puzzle you, try checking out the websites I have suggested in my earlier post to learn more.

           Thank you for reading this post. Leave a comment below to let me know how you have benefitted and whether there are other areas you would like me to cover. All the best for the examinations!

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About the Author: Nora is an English Teacher at Lil' but Mighty. She is committed to providing students with a dynamic and nurturing environment in which they can grow and develop. One of her greatest strengths as an educator is instilling a love for the English Language in her students.

Nora Kamal

Lil' but Mighty Education Centre Pte. Ltd., Block 431 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-326, 120457

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National University of Singapore and later receiving my Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, I began my teaching career in 1998.

I am committed to providing students with a dynamic and nurturing environment in which they can grow and develop. One of my greatest strengths as an educator is instilling a love for the English Language in my students. I accomplish this by incorporating games and Drama conventions, such as hot-seating and freeze frames, into my lessons to spark their interest and make learning enjoyable.

In my years of experience, I have had the opportunity to meet students from various backgrounds and cultures. I have been able to establish positive relationships with and support the pastoral development of the students under my care. More importantly, I believe that working hand-in-hand with parents is the ultimate key in helping children to succeed.

Robert John Meehan once said, “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” As a teacher who is passionate about what I do, I hope to equip my students not only with the necessary examination skills but also to develop them into thinking, creative individuals.