Phrasal Verbs Topics is designed to help intermediate to advanced learners of English improve their knowledge of phrasal verbs. It can be used as a self-study guide by learners, or used by teachers in their EFL/ESL classes whether online or classroom based learning and teaching.
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I’m just on my way into a meeting so I can’t talk now, but I’ll call back
as soon as it’s over.
|I called Jim but he was busy. He said he’d call me
back later tonight.
|call for||The president made a serious mistake and many people thought it
called for an official enquiry, but nothing was done.
|Many people called for his resignation after he was
charged with corruption.
|call off||We didn’t play golf today. We decided to call the game off because of the rain.|
|The meeting was called off because our CEO was
ill and couldn’t come.
|call on||Did you call on Mike and see his new apartment while you were in New York City?|
|Whenever they’re in Paris,
they call on old friends who live there.
|call out||I saw Terry walking along the street, so I called out his name and he turned around and waved.|
|If you think you know the
answer, don’t call it out. Write it down instead.
|call up||Did you find Mike’s phone number and call him up while you were in New York?|
|They called up their friends to arrange a visit.|
|calm down||If the baby gets upset and starts to cry, she’ll calm down if you hold her and gently rock her.|
|The plane’s crew had to calm the passengers down
during the storm.
|care for||He’s staying with his grandmother so he can care for her while she’s recovering from her illness.|
|Our company supports an organization that cares for
|The waiter said, ‘Would you care for some more wine, madam?’|
|After a lovely meal, our
host said, ‘Care for some tea or coffee?’
|carry on||The tennis match was stopped because of the rain, but carried on as soon as the rain stopped.|
|We’ll stop the meeting now, and carry on after
|carry out||The players listened to their coach and then did their best to carry out
his instructions during the game.
|We expect our staff to carry their duties out to
the best of their ability.
|catch on||Cable TV took a while to catch on, but now nearly everyone watches it.|
|A new hairstyle can catch on quickly if kids see a pop star with it.|
|I didn’t understand what she was saying at first, but I soon caught on
when she started speaking slower.
|It took a while for them to catch on, but scientists
understand Einstein now.
|catch up||She was a long way behind the leaders, so she had to run fast to catch up and win the race, but she did it. She caught up and won!|
|I missed many classes, so I’ll have to work hard to
catch up with the others.
|catch up on||If Mike travels on business, he takes his laptop computer and catches up on work or his emails whenever he gets the chance.|
|I went to bed early last night because I needed to
catch up on some sleep.