The verb and particle that make up a non-separable transitive phrasal verb are not placed separately. The object comes after the particle. 



  • They called off the match due to bad weather.
    (Noun object match comes after the particle off. Call off = stop a planned event or activity from taking place)
  • They called on her when she was hospitalized.
    (The phrasal verb called on cannot be separated. Not: They called her on when she was hospitalized. Pronoun object her comes after the particle on. Call on = pay a brief visit)
  • We came across some old photos of granny in her school days. 
    (Come across = find something by chance)
  • He will look after my dog while I am away.
    (Look after = take care of)
  • They looked through the drawer but couldn't find it.
    (Look through = examine briefly and carefully in order to discover something)
  • He pointed out the accused to the police. 
    (Point out = direct attention to someone [or something] by pointing)
  • I ran across the grandmother of my ex-girlfriend.
    (Run across = meet [someone] unexpectedly)
  • Jack ran into Jill while he was on his way home. 
    (Run into = meet by chance)
  • She tried on a few pairs of shoes but they didn't fit.  
    (Try on = put on somehing to see if it fits and how it looks)
  • He has to turn down the job that was offered to him.
    (Turn down = refuse to accept)