Here are five common IELTS phrasal verbs
Phrasal verbs are verbs like ‘work out’ that consist of a verb (e.g. ‘work’) and a preposition or an adverb (e.g. ‘out’) and that have a different meaning from the verb on its own. IELTS phrasal verbs, as I’ve called them, are phrasal verbs that are commonly used in the IELTS test, particularly in the IELTS Listening test, and are therefore important for you to know.
When you see or hear a phrasal verb, it’s important to remember that it may have a different meaning to when you saw or heard it before. The phrasal verb ‘work out’, for example, can mean ‘plan’, ‘calculate’ or ‘exercise’ depending on the situation in which it’s used.
Here are five IELTS phrasal verbs, i.e. phrasal verbs that have been used more than once in a single test or that have been used in more than one test.
In each case, check you understand what the phrasal verb can mean, or check the dictionary definition by clicking on it, and then look at how the phrasal verb is used in the example sentence.
- come across
- “I went into the library this afternoon to have a look at a newspaper and I came across something really interesting” (taken from Section 1 of Listening Test 1 in Cambridge IELTS 8)
- deal with
- “I’ll deal with the questions at the end [of the presentation]” (taken from Section 3 of the Listening test in the Official IELTS Practice Materials)
- find out
- “Well, the first thing is to find out exactly what’s required in the exams” (taken from Section 3 of Listening Test 4 in Cambridge IELTS 8)
- sort out
- “Then you can sort out your revision priorities” (taken from Section 3 of Listening Test 4 in Cambridge IELTS 8)
- work out
- “Look, let’s sit down and work out what we’ve got to do for this project” (taken from Section 3 of the Listening test in the Official IELTS Practice Materials)
It would be better to find out what these IELTS phrasal verbs mean now rather than having to work out what they mean in your IELTS Listening test.
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