3. Phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs are phrases that indicate actions. Examples of such verbs include: turn down, come across and run into.

Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and a preposition or an adverb:-

VerbPreposition/adverb
getup
gothrough
writedown
takeafter

If you use too many phrasal verbs then your style of writing becomes totally informal. Hence, it is suggested to use 3-4 phrasal verbs, just to enlighten the examiner that your level of writing is quite advanced.

Let’s check this letter fragment that has been scored 9. Notice the bold phrases:-

I really want to get together, though. How about coffee next week or the week after? I know you’ve got a lot on your plate at the moment, but I’ll give you a call and we can sort out the details over the phone. Maybe we can check out that new cafe near the library I hear their coffee is to die for.

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