Phrasal Verbs

Important Phrasal Verbs for Upcoming Banks Exams

Important Phrasal Verbs. Welcome to the online learning section.As we know in previous banking exams English language section is filled with surprises and the new pattern is confusing aspirants as what to study to score max. in English? It won’t matter if you’ve just started SBI Clerk, Syndicate PO, Canara Bank PO Exam preparation or you’ve been preparing and giving exams for quite some years, the banking recruitment has totally changed and now every student has a fair chance.

It is a must that you acquaint yourself with the knowledge of all New types and pattern of questions introduced by SBI and IBPS exams in 2017 as you can expect a similar set of questions in upcoming examsToday we are providing you a complete guide for Important Phrasal Verbs for Upcoming Banks Exams, which is very helpful for for other banking exams such as SBI Clerk, IDBI Executive and Syndicate PO, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, SBI Clerk, IBPS RRB Officer, IBPS RRB Office Assistant, IBPS SO, SBI SO and other competitive exams.

What is Phrasal verb…..?

A phrasal verb is a verb combined with a preposition or adverb (or both) that means something different from each of the words that make up the verb. There are two types of phrasal verbs. Separable phrasal verbs can be broken up by other words, while inseparable phrasal verbs cannot be separated by other words.

Separable Phrasal Verbs

You can insert other words into the middle of a separable phrasal verb. Consider the following example, using the phrasal verb take back:

  • I need to take back the shirt I lent you. (Correct)
  • Where’s that shirt I lent you? I need to take it back. (Correct) or

When this type of phrasal verb has a direct object, we can usually separate the two parts. For example, “turn down” is separable. We can say: “turn down my offer” or “turn my offer down”. Look at these example sentences:

  • They turned down my offer. (Correct)
  • They turned my offer down. (Correct)

However, if the direct object is a pronoun, we have no choice. We must separate the two parts of the verb and insert the pronoun. Look at these examples with the verb “switch on”. Note that the last one is impossible:

  • Jeet switched on the radio. (Correct)
  • Jeet hn switched the radio on. (Correct)
  • Jet switched it on. (Correct)
  • Jeet switched on ( Wrong )

Inseparable Phrasal Verbs

Inseparable phrasal verbs can be transitive (i.e., they can take a direct object), but you can’t insert that direct object into the middle of the phrasal verb. In other words, they can’t be separated, thus their name. Consider the following examples:

  • If you focus your education solely on one area, you’ll have nothing to fall back on if you change your mind. (Correct)
  • Each child should have at least one older child to look up to. (Correct)
  • What does i.e. stand for? It stands for id est, or that is. (Correct)

How to Recognize Phrasal Verbs

So how do you know when you’re dealing with a phrasal verb and not just a verb and a preposition? Well, you have to look at the whole sentence. If the two words can be understood literally, it’s a verb and a preposition. If they have to be taken together with a meaning that has little or nothing to do with the meaning of the verb alone, then it’s a phrasal verb. Consider these examples:

Jeet went out of the room for a moment. – Here, the words in the phrase “went out” literally mean “went” and “out.” This is a verb (went) and a preposition (out).

Kavi went out with him a few times. – Here, the phrase “went out” is a phrasal verb meaning “spent time romantically.” It doesn’t necessarily indicate that you went anywhere, in or out.

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The Most Important Phrasal Verbs

1. Account for(explain the reason, answer for):  I can’t account for his unusual behaviour in this matter.
2. Ask after (ask about the welfare, inquire after): I met your brother at the party, he asked after you.
3. Ask for (request for): she asked for a glass of water.
4. Bear on/upon [relevant, (bearing on): Your remarks have no bearing on the main problem.
5. Bear out (support the argument, corroborate): I am sure my classmates will bear out my statement.
6. Break down (emotional collapse, stop functioning): While giving evidence in the court, she broke down.
7. Break into (enter by force): The robbers broke into his house last night.
8. Break out [spread (war, epidemic, fire, riots)]: The fear that aids has broken out in India is not unfounded.
9. Break through (discover a secret, major achievement): There is no hope of breakthrough in the murder case.
10. Bring about (cause to happen): The administration helped to bring about a peaceful settlement.
11. Bring out (explain the meaning, publish): When asked to explain, she could not bring out the meaning of the poem.
12. Call for (necessary, require): For the unity of the country discipline among the people is called for.
13. Call off (suspend or abandon): We decided to call off the strike.
14. Call out (ask to come for help): The National Guards has been called out.
15. Carry away by (lose control): On hearing the news of his success he was carried away by joy.
16. Cast down (dejected, down cast): Now-a-days he is cast down as a result of his failure in the examination.
17. Come across (meet by chance): I came across my old friend in the market yesterday.
18. Come over (get over, overcome): You can come over your problems by honest means.
19. Cut down (curtail, reduce): Since you are out of job these days, you must cut down your expenditure.
20. Cut off (discontinue, die, and remove): Gas supplies have now been cut off.
21. Die down [gradually disappear (riots, excitement, storm etc.)]: The wind has died down.
22. Do for (serve the purpose): This book will do for the SSC examination.
23. Drop in (to pay a short visit): I thought I‘d just drop in and see how you were.
24. Fall back (retreat): The rioters fell back when the police arrived.
25. Fall out (quarrel): The two friends appear to have fallen out over a minor issue.
26. Get at (reach, understand) It is very difficult to get at the truth etc.
27. Get away with (without being punished or with little punishment): Although his fault was serious, he got away with light punishment.
28. Get over (recover from illness or shock, come over): He is still trying to get over the financial crises.
29. Give away (distribute): She has given away jewellery worth thousands of Rupees.
30. Give in (surrender, agree): At first she was adamant but at last she gave in to the request of her friend.
31. Give way (collapse under pressure, break): The contractor was charged with negligence when the roof of a new building gave way.
32. Go down (be believed): Your excuse will not go down.
33. Go through (read hurriedly, endure): He didn’t lend me the newspaper because he was going through it.
34. Hand over (give charge or authority): He has not handed over charge to the new manager.
35. Hold on (carry on, bear difficulties, and persist): In spite of financial difficulties he held on and succeeded in the long run.
36. Hold out (resist): When the robbers ran short of ammunition, they could no longer hold out.
37. Jump at (accept happily): He jumped at the offer of his boss to accept the job abroad.
38. Keep off (keep at a distance): There was a notice at the site, “keep off the bushed.”
39. Lay by (save money): The wise men always lay by money for their old age.
40. Lay off (to discontinue work, dismiss temporarily): The workers have been laid off for want of raw material.
41. Live by (means/manner): You must learn to live by honest means.
42. Look after (take care of): In her old age she has no one to look after her.
43. Look for (search for a lost thing): She was looking for her lost books.
44. Look into (investigate the matter): A committee was set up to look into the problem.
45. Look out for (in search of, on the watch): He is looking out for a decent job.
46. Make off with/away with (run away, destroy): The made off with the cash and fled.
47. Make up (to end (quarrel), compose): You should make an effort to make up a quarrel with your friend.
48. Pass away (die, expire): On the passing away of his father I sent him a message of condolence.
49. Pass for (regarded to be): The TATA’s pass for philanthropists in the country.
50. Put down (crush, keep down): The riots were put down by the local police.
51. Put on (wear, pretend): It is difficult to put on the appearance of innocence for a long time.
52. Put out (extinguish): The fire was put out suddenly.
53. Put up (stays, question): He is putting up at a hostel these days.
54. Run after (pursue, hanker after): We should not run after money.
55. Set about (start doing): As soon as she reached home, she set about calling up her friends.
56. Set aside (allocate, strike down, turn down): The High court set aside the verdict of the lower court in this sensitive matter.
57. Set in (begin): As soon as the summer sets in, the reptiles come out of hibernation.
58. Set up (establish): The factory was set up by his uncle.
59. Stand by (support, help): Although he promised to stand by me in difficulties, he did not live up to it.
60. Stand for (represent): T.E.C. stands for Technical Education Certificate.
61. Take down (write): She was busy in taking down the dictation which the teacher was giving.
62. Talk over (discuss a matter): I agreed to go home and talk over the matter.
63. Turn on (switch on, start): She turned on the shower to take bath.
64. Turn out (prove, reveal, expel): Northing ever turned out right for me in life.
65. Work out (solve the problem): He is very intelligent and can work out any difficult problem.
66. Work up (incite, instigate): The politicians should not try to work up communal frenzy.
67. Work upon (influence): The leader tried to work upon the mob.
68. Bear Away (win): Suhani bore away the first prize in the dance competition.
69. Call At (visit a place to meet): I called at the residence of my boss yesterday.
70. Call on (go and visit a person): It is a tradition for the Prime Minister to call on the President.
71. Cast Away (throw away as useless): We usually give our servants the old clothes which we cast away.
72. Catch up with (make up for deficiency): He remained ill for many days but caught up with the pending work very soon.
73. Cope with (manage): They coped with all their problems cheerfully.
74. Die out (become out of use or existence): He thought that the custom had died out a long time ago.
75. Dispose of (sell off): She has decided to dispose of her old house.
76. Do away with (Eradicate): We should do away with social evils.
77. Fall back on (depend on): You must save money to fall back on it in old age.
78. Fall through (to remain incomplete): For want of sufficient funds your new project is likely to fall through.
79. Follow up (pursue after the first attempt): The idea has been followed by a group of researchers.
80. Get ahead (go forward): You can get ahead of your rivals only by hard work.
81. Give up (stop): He gave up smoking to save money.
82. Go on (continue): There is no need to go on arguing about it.
83. Go up (rise, increase): As a result of a sharp rise in prices the price of washing soap has gone up.
84. Hand out (distribute): Hand out the books to the students.
85. Hold over (postpone): Most of the bills are held over till the next session of the Parliament.
86. Jump to (arrive suddenly): You should never jump to conclusions.
87. Keep on (Continue): She kept on crying inspite of my assurance of help.
88. Keep up (maintain): Always try to keep up the understand of life even in the face of crises.
89. Lay out (plan building): A number of gardens were laid out by the Moghuls.
90. Let down (humiliate): We should never let down our friends.
91. Look at (see carefully): The boys are looking at the sky.
92. Make over (transfer possession): Since she had no legal heir, she made her house in charity.
93. Pass off (succeed): The elections are likely to pass off peacefully.
94. Pull down (demolish a structure): Why did they pull the shops down?
95.  Pull with (live together): He is pulling well with his wife these days.
96. Round up (arrest): The police rounded up anti-social elements last night.
97. Run over (crush under): He was run over by a speeding car.
98. Taken to (from a habit): He took to wearing black leather jackets.
99. Turn off (stop, switch off): Please make it a point to turn off water tap before you go out.

100. Wind up (bring to an end): We were forced to wind up the business on account of heavy loss.

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