What is a phrasal verb?
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb alone.
- Today’s verb: Give
- Today’s phrasal verbs: Give in, give out, give up, give way
Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 6 – Give
Do you know in Old English the word ‘give’ was not present? They used ‘giefan’ (past tense: geaf, past participle: giefen) meaning to give, bestow, entrust, deliver to another, grant, commit and devote.
In Middle English, it became ‘yiven’ and later, ‘give’.
Memory tip: Give in means “yield”
Usage: The hijackers were forced to give in.
Memory tip: Misers think giving out will lead to ‘give out’;
Usage: 1. The clerk gave out the identity cards.
To stop trying to do something.
Memory tip: You say, “It’s up to you”, when you
Usage: He doesn’t give up easily.
Memory tip: “Always give way to the ambulance
Usage: 1. The building collapsed as the pillars gave way.
A phrase used to tell somebody to stop doing something.
Memory tip: Give and ‘it’s over’
Usage: Give over fighting!
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