A phrasal verb can be a combination of three words. The three-word phrasal verbs are made up of verb + particle + preposition, and they are non-separable. The phrasal verb is transitive because the third word, usually a preposition, must take a noun or pronoun object. 




  • The members came out with a set of proposals on reform of the club.
    (Come out with = say or express something)
  • The police are following up on leads pointing to the whereabouts of the kidnapped victim.
    (Follow up on = discover more or take further action connected with something.)
  • He's wondering aloud how he could get out of meeting his mother-in-law this weekend.
    (Get out of = avoid doing something)
  • He spends the weekends hanging out with a bunch of kids at the shopping centre. 
    (Hang out with = spend a lot of time with someone)
  • He often listened in on her phone conversations without her knowledge.
    (Listen in on = listen secretly to a private conversation)
  • We always looked up to him for his courage.
    (Look up to = respect or admire [someone])
  • I'm saving more this month to make up for a withdrawal last month. 
    (Make up for = compensate; or have something to correct or take the place of something else)
  • She shopped the whole day at the sales and never seemed to run out of money.
    (Run out of = use up something so that none is left)
  • We have to stand up for ourselves.
    (Stand up for = defend or support [someone or something] against attack or criticism)
  • Someone walked off with my bag of groceries when I wasn't looking.
    (Walk off with = steal or take something without asking for permission)