Friday, March 6, 2009

English Grammar Point: Three Word Phrasal Verbs

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Three Word Phrasal Verbs

If phrasal verbs were not complex enough for intermediate or advanced English language learners, enter the three word phrasal verb.

Some verbs are followed by two prepositions (or adverbs). These three word phrasal verbs are ALWAYS inseparable.

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Example of Three Word (Transitive) Phrasal Verb

1) I was talking to Mom on the phone when the operator broke in on our call.

2) Unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep up on the news while I was away on vacation in Bora Bora.

Note the verb and its two prepositions/adverbs are all together and not separated.

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