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CAE Phrasal Verbs:  BE / CALL
CAE Phrasal Verbs: CLEAR / COME
CAE Phrasal Verbs: CUT / FALL
CAE Phrasal Verbs: GET / GIVE
CAE Phrasal Verbs: GO / HOLD
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Learning phrasal verbs

There are lots of things you can do to make learning and remembering phrasal verbs easier. Below are some tips to help you do this.

Remembering phrasal verbs with images or stories

A good way to help you remember a phrasal verb is to imagine an image or story that illustrates it. For example, the phrasal verb step down means to leave an important job or position. To help you remember this, you could imagine a company boss standing above all the workers on a stepladder, and then stepping down onto the floor and walking away.

Identifying phrasal verbs in context

Look out for phrasal verbs when you are:

  •  reading a book or article
  • watching a film or TV programme
  • looking at a website.

Pay attention to how the phrasal verb is used and in what kind of situation. Make a note about this to help you remember the right context in which to use the phrasal verb. 

Learning phrasal verbs as single units of meaning

While phrasal verbs are combinations of two or three words, it is helpful when you are learning them to think about them as single units of meaning like in the tables below.

CAE Phrasal Verbs:  BE / CALL


be above (something)1) to be so important that you needn’t do particular things. 2) to be so good that no one can think you did something wrong
be about (something)to explain, describe or give facts on a particular subject
be about to do (something)to be ready to start to do something very soon
be after (someone)to be trying to catch someone
be against (someone/something)to disagree with or not support someone or something
be getting at (something)to be explaining or saying something important
be behind (with)to not have done as much as you should
be downto feel very sad
be (all) for (something/someone)to support an idea, plan, person, etc. very strongly
be dying for (something)to want something very much
be in1) to be at home. 2) to be popular
be in for (something)to be likely to experince something uncomfortable or difficult
be taken in (by)to be made to believe something that isn’t true
be into (something)to enjoy doing a particular activity very much
be off1) not to be going to happen. 2)to smell or be bad
be let offto be allowed to go without being punished
be onto be going to happen
be not onto not be acceptable
be out1) to not be at home. 2) to not be in fashion any more
be out of (something)to not have something in your home or shop
be overto have finished
be through (with)to be tired or bored with someone or an activity and so determined to leave
be up1) to be out of bed. 2) to have increased in price
be up to (something)to be doing something wrong or bad
be caught up (in)to be in a difficult or dangerous situation
be made up of (something)to include as its parts


call (something) offto cancel or stop something
call on (someone)1) to visit someone as a routine 2) ask for an answer or opinion
call (something) outto say something in a loud voice
call after (someone)be named after someone
call around (round)1) phone many different places/people 2) to visit
call (someone) backreturn a phone call
call in1) get someone to come and do sth 2) short visit
call (someone) upphone
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CAE Phrasal Verbs: CLEAR / COME


clear (something) upto make a place clean and tidy again
clear away1) leave a place 2) remove or tidy
clear offleave somewhere quickly
clear out1) tidy up thoroughly and throw away unwanted stuff 2) leave somewhere


come aboutto happen
come across (as someone)to seem to be a particular kind of person
come across (something)to find something by chance
come apartto fall into pieces
come back (from)to return to a place from another place
come back (into fashion)to become fashionable again
come back (to)to return to your memory
come between (someone and someone)to cause a quarrel between two or more people
come downto decrease
come down with (something)to become ill with a particular infection
come from (somewhere)1) to be born or live in a place 2) to have started or developed from a particular animal, plant or substance
come on1) to move more quickly 2) to begin gradually 3) to arrive somewhere after others
come outto arrive in the shops, etc
come round1) to visit someone’s home 2) to become concious again after fainting
come throughto become known
come through (something)to survive a difficult event or period
come toto become concious again after fainting
come up1) to rise in the sky 2) to be mentioned 3) to be used in a test 4) to become available
come up against (someone/something)to have to deal with difficulty, opposition, etc
come up to (something)1) to reach a particular level 2) to be as good as the level people expext
come up with (something)to produce an excuse, a suggestion, the correct answer, etc
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CAE Phrasal Verbs: CUT / FALL


cut down (on)to use much less of something
cut downto remove a tree or plant by cutting it near the base
cut backto reduce the amount of money being spent
cut acrossto take a shortcut over an area instead of going around the edge
cut into interrupt someone when they are speaking
cut off1) to stop supplies of something like electricity or water 2) to stop a telephone connection
cut outwhen an engine or piece of machinery suddenly stops working
cut throughto be able to deal with the problems or bureaucracy quickly
cut upto divide something into smaller pieces


fall apartto fall into pieces
fall back on (something)to use money you kept because you need it
fall behind (with)1) to move more slowly so that others are further ahead 2) to make slower progress then others 3) to not make the necessary regular payments
fall for (someone)to feel strong romantic feelings for someone
fall for (something)to be tricked into believing something that isn’t true
fall off1) to become separated from an object 2) to become less gradually
fall out (of)to fall from a high place
fall out (with) (over)to have quarrel and end a friendship
fall overto fall onto the ground
fall throughto not be agreed, completed, etc successfully
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CAE Phrasal Verbs: GET / GIVE


get (something) across (to)to be successful in explaining your idea, plan, etc.
get ahead (get on (in life))to have success in your life
get around to (get round to doing (something))to do something you have planned or wanted to do for a long time
get at (someone)to criticise someone all the time and upset them
get away (from/to)1) to be successful in going on holiday 2) to go from a place, sometimes because it is difficult to stay
get away with (something)to not be punished for doing something bad or wrong
get back (from)to return to a place
get (something) backto manage to have something you own returned to you
get your own back (on someone)to punish or harm someone who has done something bad to you
get byto get enough money or food
get (someone) downto cause someone to feel very sad
get (something) downto write something
get down to (something)to start doing something
get in touch (with someone)to phone, email, etc. someone
get into (something)1) to manage to enter a place after an effort 2) to start a conversation, fight, etc. with someone
get (someone) into a trouble (with)to do something that makes yourself deserve punishment (or someone)
get off1) to leave a bus, train, etc. 2) to start a journey
get on (with)to have a friendly relationship with someone
get (someone) out of trouble (with)to do something so that you avoid punishment
get out of (doing)to manage to avoid doing a job you don’t like
get over (someone)to become happier after the end of a romantic relationship
get over (something)1) to become well after being ill with a particular illness 2) to become happier after being sad, rightened, etc
get through1) to be successful when you try to phone someone 2) to pass a test or exam
get through (something)to survive an unpleasant or difficult period
get (something) through to (someone)1) to manage to reach someone by telephone 2) to manage to make someone understand something
get to (someone)to make you feel very angry or upset
get to (somewhere)to arrive at a place
get together (with)to join other people for a party, meeting, etc
get (someone) upto wake (someone) up and get (them) out of bed


give (something) away1) to give something to someone because you don’t want it or because you want them to have it 2) to tell a secret or give information
give backto return something borrowed
give in (to)to agree to something but not because you want to
give into accept that you have been defeated and agree to stop competing or fighting
give (something) out1) to give copies of the same thing to many people 2) to tell people something
give up1) to admit that you don’t know 2) to leave your job
give up (sth)to stop doing something before you have finished it, usually because it is too difficult
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CAE Phrasal Verbs: GO / HOLD


go after (sb)to chase or follow someone in order to catch them
go after (something)to try to get something
go along with (someone/something)to support an idea, or to agree with someone’s opinion
go away1) to leave your home in order to spend time somewhere else, usually for a holiday 2) to stop being present
go down1) to move to a lower place 2) to change to a lower, amount, price, etc
go down with (something)to start to suffer from an infectious disease
go for (something)1) to try to have or achieve something 2) to like or admire
go in1) to enter a place 2) to be understood
go in for (something)to do something regularly, or to enjoy something
go into (something)1) to start doing a particular type of work 2) to discuss, examine, describe, or explain something in a detailed or careful way
go off1) to leave a place and go somewhere else 2) to become worse in quality 3) to ring loudly or make a loud noise (alarm) 4) to explode or fire (bomb, gun) 5) to stop working (light, machine)
go off (something/someone)to stop liking or being interested in someone or something
go on1) to continue or move to the next thing 2) to start operating 3)
go out1) to leave a room or building, especially in order to do something for entertainment 2) to stop producing light or heat
go out with (someone)to have a romantic and usually sexual relationship with someone
go over (to)to move near someone
go over (something)to examine or look at something in a careful or detailed way
go round1) to visit a place 2) to be enough for everyone or everything 3) to walk, drive round the outside of a place
go through1) to experience an unpleasant or difficult time 2) to examine something carefully
go through with (something)to do something unpleasant or difficult that has already been agreed or promised
go togetherto look good together
go underto go below the surace of water
go up1) to move higher, rise, or increase 2) to be built
go with (something)to look attractive with something


hold against1) have a grudge; 2) show little respect
hold backnot show emotion
hold backprevent from progressing or moving forward
hold backnot disclose or make public
hold back fromnot allowed to do something
hold downkeep or have a job
hold downprevent from moving by restraint
hold downretain in your stomach
hold forthstate your opinions about something
hold offdelay
hold offbad weather NOT appearing
hold offprevent someone from attacking or beating you
hold onwait
hold ongrip tightly
hold ontokeep longer than necessary
hold ontohold tightly; grip
hold outresist
hold outextend in front of you
hold out for smthwait for something better
hold out onnot disclose; not pay
hold overdelay
hold overgo longer than planned
hold togethernot break up or come apart
hold updelay especially when travelling
hold upRobbery (a bank hold up, etc.)
hold withagree or accept
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