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Phrasal Verbs: Can you think of a phrase that is a verb?

Phrasal verbs are verbs and particles paired to make special meanings.

I was helping my friend from Kazakhstan practice for her drivers license. “Pull into that

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driveway, and turn around.”  She looked at me, confused. It took a few minutes for me to explain the phrase ‘pull in.’ Because it doesn’t make sense.

 Why? Pull is a verb that usually means to move something in the direction of ones self, like pulling a sled up a hill, a tee shirt over our head.   But, there’s more. We could pull a muscle, (meaning sprain), pull out: of a place, or person as in sex), or pull off, such as successfully tell a lie, or execute a caper, pull up might mean to move forward, or what the cops say when they stop you. They might also say, pull over, or pull off to the side. Someone might say you’re pulling their leg or they could pull a fast one on you, which are idioms that use pull. 

So now that the lesson is over I think I’ll have the bartenders pull me a beer. 

Get down with your phrasal verbs. Converse and learn the easy way.