The Word Order In Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs word order

Unlike verbs that require a preposition, phrasal verbs have only one correct word order.

Example of order of verbs with preposition

  • I do not know, from what city you are. (CORRECT FORMAL)
  • I don’t know, what city you’re from. (CORRECT SPOKEN ENGLISH, INFORMAL)

Example of order of phrasal verbs

  • This is the kind of English, I will not put up with. (CORRECT. Put out with= tolerate)
  • This is the kind of English up with, I will not put. (INCORRECT)

Last sentence has its origin when Churchill heard speeches in a very formal English -with the preposition at the beginning of the subordinate sentence.

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