1. The little mouse ran into the wall. (The mouse went inside the wall.)
2. She ran into her cousin at the movies. (She saw her cousin by chance. It wasn't planned.)
As you can see, the first sentence is a literal or exact translation, whereas the second sentence is a phrasal verb because it has a figurative meaning. Phrasal verbs are difficult to learn because there are so many of them, and the meaning is not so obvious some of the time.
Below is a sample list of phrasal verbs for all levels that everybody should know. Please post any questions you may have!
1. put on: dress oneself in clothing or accessories (...hats, sunglasses)
- Before we go to the beach, I need to put on my bathing suit.
- When he goes to church, he takes off his hat.
- The alarm wakes me up every day, but I always hit the snooze button.
- Although the alarm wakes me up at 7:00 am, I don't usually get up until 7:20.
- We checked in to the hotel late at night and then checked out early this morning.
6. figure out: solve a problem or understand something
- I was at work until 8:00 pm trying to figure out a solution to the problems our clients are having.
- Wow! Check out the stars...you can see so many in the desert.
- Unlike most people, he really gets along with his mother-in-law.
- I was so tired from working all day that when I got home, I didn't even have dinner. I just passed out on my couch and didn't wake up until the next day!
- He works out at the gym in the morning and trains with the team in the afternoon.
11. catch up with: talk to somebody about what has happened since you last saw them
- I have to catch up with my mother because we haven't talked in a long time.
- After traveling for 18 hours, I came down with the flu the next day.
- We didn't know what to do Saturday night, so we just ended up watching a movie at home.
- I can't put up with your lies anymore.
- If you want to lose weight, you have to stick with your diet, continually following it.