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What is a phrasal verb?

 

Definition
 

A phrasal verb is a combination of a lexical verb and a verbal particle that forms a single semantic and syntactic unit.

Example (English)
 
  • The item give up is a phrasal verb, as in the following:

    • He gave up smoking.
    • He gave smoking up.
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  • Example (Akan)
     

    The item gyee ... so ‘answered’ is a phrasal verb, as in the following:

     

    Kofi gyee Kwame so

     

    Kofi received Kwame on

     

    ‘Kofi answered Kwame.’

     
    Source:

    Schachter 1985 45

    Generic
      A phrasal verb is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1985 232

     

    Schachter 1985 45–46

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 45


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