Saturday, February 28, 2009
In our previous post, we discussed the Intransitive Phrasal Verb whose parts are inseparable and does NOT take an object.
Transitive Phrasal Verbs - Separable
Transitive verbs in general require a direct object.
Transitive phrasal verbs can either be separable or inseparable. That is to say, the preposition or adverb can be together or apart from the original verb forming the phrasal verb.
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1) I picked Bob up. OR I picked up Bob.
"Bob" is the direct object. "To pick up" in this context means to usually drive by Tom's location and take him by car to another location. You do not literally pick him up off the ground...ha.
Notice the position of "Bob," the object. In the first instance it is between the two parts of the phrasal verb. In the second instance it appears at the end of the sentence.
2) They put their hands up. OR They put up their hands.
"Hands" is the direct object. "To put up" in this context means to raise. Again, in the first instance it is between the two parts of the phrasal verb. In the second instance it appears at the end of the sentence.
Separable Phrasal Verbs with a Pronoun
The rule changes when a pronoun in involved.
Separable phrasal verbs MUST be separated when a pronoun is used.
We picked her up at the station. NOT We picked up her at the station.
Note the separation of the phrasal verb with the direct object "her."
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