Separable and not separable phrasal verbs

Separable and not separable phrasal verbs

This morning I was preparing a presentation for one of my classes on separable and not separable phrasal verbs and suddenly an interesting pattern appeared. It seems that the fact that the particle is separable can be guessed according to the particle that is used. I am not sure whether it works all the time, but it certainly worked for all the phrasal verbs I had to cover with my lower intermediate class.
The rule is quite simple: If the phrasal verb is transitive, it is not separable if there are two particles or the particles AFTER and WITH are used. If there are other particles, the phrasal verbs are separable.
It might seem really complicated but if you have a look at the mind map bellow, it is quite easy.

Phrasal verbs – mind map

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Phrasal verbs – games

I am glad if you feel that you can understand the grammar now. However, it is more important to be able to use the grammar correctly than to understand it. That is why I have prepared two games for you to check your understanding.
The first game is called Darts. Your task is to choose a correct (or incorrect) option and click on it at the moment you think that you will get most points.

Click Here to play the game – Phrasal verbs – Darts

The second game is called On target. Once again, your task is to choose the correct or incorrect option and then shoot as many bad ducks as you can.

Click Here to play the game – Phrasal verbs – on Target

Phrasal verbs – Conclusion

If you are more interested in the meaning and usage of phrasal verbs you should certainly try our other post on phrasal verbs. It is a short story about Fred and Betty and you will certainly learn some of the verbs there too.
Please, let us know what you think about this new rule.
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  1. Tatiana
    Thanks, it's really interesting...
    29/03/2014 at 3:13 am
  2. Abdul Waheed
    Ta in a big way! It's certainly a extravaganza game..
    29/03/2014 at 6:49 am
  3. Fati Zarathoustra
    This new rule of urs sir is a gentle reminder that the journey of discoveries never comes 2 an end!thanx 4ur efforts!!
    29/03/2014 at 11:11 am

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