- He took his hat off
- He took off his hat
Group 1 - Choose the sentence in each pair you think sounds better
|1.||bought out the company||298,000|
|bought the company out||349,000|
|2.||brought up their children||12,800,000|
|brought their children up||525,000|
|3.||call the meeting off||80,000|
|call off the meeting||420,000|
|4.||carried out the operation||15,000,000|
|carried the operation out||605|
|5.||clear the mess up||339,000|
|clear up the mess||2,000,000|
|6.||close the factory down||88,300|
|close down the factory||415,000|
|7.||cut out the middleman||3,300,000|
|cut the middleman out||278,000|
|8.||chop the meat up||112,000|
|chop up the meat||638,000|
|9.||chop up the meat into||207,000|
|chop the meat up into||17,700|
|10.||dressed up her daughter||50,800,000|
|dressed her daughter up||69,000|
Group 2 - Choose the sentence in each pair you think sounds better
|1.||figured the truth out||38,700|
|figured out the truth||18,700,000|
|2.||fill out the form||344,000,000|
|fill the form out||962,000|
|3.||found the truth out||141,000|
|found out the truth||8,930,000|
|4.||get across his meaning||144,000|
|get his meaning across||108,000|
|5.||giving up smoking||819,000|
|giving smoking up||39,000|
|6.||hand the assignment in||76,900|
|hand in the assignment||3,230,000|
|7.||held a bank up||6,450|
|held up a bank||597,000|
|8.||let down the side||9,190,000|
|let the side down||1,290,000|
|9.||pay the loan back||1,790,000|
|pay back the loan||9,650,000|
Group 3 - Choose the sentence in each pair you think sounds better
|1.||put her coat on||2,140,000|
|put on her coat||1,110,000|
|2.||saw off her mother||4|
|saw her mother off||789,000|
|3.||saw off the intruder||1,010|
|see the intruder off||1,340|
|4.||showed her new dress off||3|
|showed off her new dress||1,510,000|
|5.||showed off his new car||3,180,000|
|showed his new car off||5|
|6.||think an excuse up||10|
|think up an excuse||186,000|
|7.||tidy up your room||730,000|
|tidy your room up||40,100|
|8.||tore the building down||217,000|
|tore down the building||395,000|
|9.||turn on the computer||35,600,000|
|turn the computer on||3,700,000|
- nearly equal - buy sth up, let sb down, see sb off (chase away), tear sth down
- hardly ever separated - carry sth out, dress sb up, fill sth out, show sb/sth off, think sth up
- almost always separated - see sb off (say goodbye)
A reason for not separating - end-weighting
- He looked the information up in Wikipedia.
- He looked up the information he needed for his project in Wikipedia.
A reasons for separating - known information
- He wanted how phrasal verbs worked, so he looked phrasal verbs up on the Internet. We already know what information he was looking for - phrasal verbs - this is 'old' information. By putting 'on the Internet' immediately after the particle, we can put more emphasisi on it.
- He looked up phrasal verbs on the Internet. This is the first time we have heard about his interest in phrasal verbs, so by putting phrasal verbs after the particle, we draw attention to it.
Phrasal verb or verb + preposition?
- She looked through the report.
She looked it through
- She looked through the window.
She went up to the window and looked through it.
- He turned down their offer.
He turned it down
- He turned down a side road.
He saw a side road and turned down it.