Modal verbs in English
6 Mar, 2023
It would seem that the verb, which is a part of speech and answers a certain question, has so many forms and rules. Species, persons and numbers, declensions, education, tense, use, etc. You can go crazy, right? But in fact, not everything is so scary. In practice, you are unlikely to need knowledge about the properties of the verb. No one will stop you in the middle of the street and ask you which verbs are transitive and which are not.
However, knowledge is power. And knowledge of the rules of the English language is generally a power available only to the elite. Joke. In fact, you need to study the rules, because without them you won’t be able to fully learn the language, despite all the advertising that exists on the Internet.
So, compound verbs are called because they consist of several words. In our case, this is a verb + a preposition. Also, these verbs are called phrasal verbs.
Phrasal verbs differ from simple verbs in that they radically change their meaning when used with a preposition. They will not be translated literally like simple verbs with prepositions, so it is very important to pay enough attention to studying them.
Separable and inseparable
The thing is that in English a sentence can easily end with a preposition. The fact is that the preposition is there for a reason, it will be part of the phrasal verb, which was divided with the preposition with other words.
It is very easy to get caught at this stage without knowing that there are separable and inseparable verbs. That is, some of the phrasal verbs can be separated from the preposition using other words, while others cannot. We look at the signs and shake our heads!
It's probably easiest to learn phrasal verbs by grouping them by base word rather than just a long list. The most popular phrasal verbs include the following:
In total, there are more than five thousand phrasal verbs in English, but only a few hundred of them are actively used in everyday speech. Therefore, it is important to learn them, because they will help you take your conversations with foreigners to a new level.