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Top Tips for the CD-ROMs
Phrasal verbs practice using the

by Mairi MacDonald

This month's Language Study article looks at fixed phrases including phrasal verbs. In this article we'll take a look at how you can use the CD-ROMs to revise and practise phrasal verbs with your students.

1 Searching for phrasal verbs

There are two easy ways to find phrasal verbs in the CD-ROM dictionaries. The following searches were carried out using MED, but you can adopt the same approach using the Essential CD, although the results will be slightly different.

a You can use WordSearch to search according to what particle the phrasal verbs contain. Simply click on the WordSearch button below the search box on the left hand side. Select Phrasal verbs and leave the other boxes unchecked. Type in a particle, for example 'in' and click on Go.

In the MED CD-ROM, this returns 182 results, from add in to zero in on.

You can also search for phrasal verbs formed with a particular verb. For example, type in take, make sure Phrasal verbs is checked as before and click on Go. MED CD-ROM will give you 17 search results:

take after, take against, take apart, take away from,
take back, take down, take in, take off, take on, take out,
take over, take through, take to, take up, take up on,
take up with, take upon

b If you want to present a set of phrasal verbs as part of a theme, you can use SmartSearch to find phrasal verbs relating to a particular topic. This month's article on metaphor is on friendship, so to find phrasal verbs connected with this topic, we want the CD to pick out phrasal verbs containing the word friend or friendly in the definition.

To do this, select SmartSearch and type in friend*. This will look for instances of words beginning with friend, such as friend, friends, friendly etc.

Click on More search options and check Definitions, Part of Speech and select phrasal verb.

MED will give you the following results:

buddy up, chum up, cosy up to, cut off, fall in with, fall out,
get along, get in with, pal up, have in, hold to, keep in with,
knock around, make up, make up to, patch up, play up to,
rag on, rub along, set against, sponge off, take up with,
win over

Here are a few more searches on the subject of love and friendship:

1 Type in love*, click on More search options and check Definitions, Part of Speech and select phrasal verb. The search results will include the following:

care for, cuddle up, dedicate to, dote on, fall for, fuss over, pine for, slobber over, toy with

2 Type in family, click on More search options and check Definitions, Part of Speech and select phrasal verb. This search will give the following phrasal verbs:

call after, come from, marry into, name after, spring from


If you get too may results you can narrow down your search by checking the Style option and selecting categories such as informal or spoken.

2 Creating classroom activities

You will now have plenty of examples of phrasal verbs. Select some definitions and example sentences that you feel are relevant for your students. You can copy and paste these from the CD-ROM to create activities. Here are a couple of approaches you might like to try.

Activity 1 Sentence match

Match the definition on the left with the example sentence on the right. Phrasal verbs are marked in bold.

1 to persuade someone who can help you to be your friend or like you a Richard and his sister don't get along.
2 to stop being friendly with someone because you have had a disagreement with them b I don't want you to take up with the wrong crowd.
3 if people ____ _______, they like each other and are friendly to each other c Who was that lad you used to knock around with?
4 to become friendly with someone again after an argument d Why did all his friends suddenly cut him off?
5 to try to become friendly with someone in order to get some benefit for yourself e Have you two fallen out?
6 to stop having a close or friendly relationship with someone f He has been accused of cosying up to the new US president.
7 to spend time with someone because you are friends g If you want to be elected to the club, she's the person you need to get in with.
8 to become friendly with someone, especially someone who could have a bad influence on you h Why don't you two forget your differences and make up?


Activity 2 Choose the correct particle

Use this activity to practise phrasal verbs students are already familiar with.

Complete the sentences by choosing the correct particle from the box below.

on   up   for   (x2)   over (x2)

1. He really cared _____ her.
2. He cuddled _____ to her on the sofa.
3. Everyone was fussing _____ the new baby.
4. She pined _____ some excitement in her life.
5. She absolutely dotes _____ the grandchildren.
6. Of course, the male students slobber all _____ her.


Activity 3 Phrasal verbs with take

Identify the incorrect sentences. Put in the correct particle where appropriate.

1. The plane should take up on time.
2. In looks she takes after her father.
3. If you don't like the scarf, I can take it back.
4. I'm not sure how much of his explanation she took up.
5. Chris has taken up jogging.
6. We're not taking out any new staff at the moment.
7. The officer started to take her notebook off.
8. Can you take on the cooking while I walk the dog?
9. These files take in a lot of disk space.
10. I've decided to take you up on that job offer.