Phrasal verbs are those two-word expressions whose meanings cannot be easily guessed. Phrasal verbs are one of the biggest problems that ESL students face while trying to learn English. Unfortunately, you can’t ignore them even if you don’t quite like them because these expressions are very common in English. In fact, native speakers use them all the time. Foreigners often avoid them in speech and writing because they are worried that they might get them wrong.
Of course, it is not absolutely necessary for foreign speakers to fill their speech with these two-word phrases. But if they can, it is a clear sign of their mastery over the language.
Here is a list of some common phrasal verbs beginning with the letter P. Each phrasal verb is followed by its meaning / definition. Example sentences are also given.
To pull in a vehicle is to park it.
Don’t pull in too quickly: you might crash into the wall.
When a vehicle pulls out, it departs.
John said that our train would pull out at 9.30. So we can’t waste any more time.
To pull through a difficult phase is to survive it.
Getting diagnosed with a third stage cancer was no fun, but deep within her heart she always knew that she would pull through. And she did.
To put across an idea or a suggestion is to express it clearly so that others will understand.
Good communication skills are absolutely necessary to put your messages across.
To put something away is to return it to the proper place of storage.
You may play with those toys, but don’t forget to put them away.
To put somebody down is to insult them.
My boss isn’t the best person to work with. He loves to put his employees down.