Multi-word verbs, or MWVs, are verbs made up of two or more words. These words are a verb plus a preposition or particle. They are often known as phrasal verbs.

‘Get on' and ‘turn off' are multi-word verbs.

In the classroom
Recording MWVs correctly can help learners understand and use them. Verbs can be grouped together according to the particle, e.g. verbs with ‘up', according to meaning, e.g. verbs about feelings, or according to the main verb, e.g. verbs beginning with ‘turn'. However verbs are grouped, it is useful to encourage learners to include an example of the verb in use.

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Submitted by Rania Jabr on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 06:13


I tackle MWVs both in grammar and vocabulary. However, in the vocabulary class, I regard them as clusters and advise my students to deal with them as units which have specific meanings. Learning to use them in sentences has proved a great success as meaning becomes part of the unit or structure being focused on. Rania

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