Phrasal verbs are verbs which have a main verb and a particle which, together, create one meaning (e.g. you look for something you have lost; an adult looks after a child). You will come across a great many phrasal verbs when you listen to and read English, so it is important to learn about their meanings and about how they are used. There are over 5,000 phrasal verbs in English, but the English Phrasal Verbs in Use books focus on the ones you need to know for everyday spoken and written communication in English.

Each book provides explanations and practice of approximately 1,000 phrasal verbs, with two levels available: intermediate (B1-B2) and advanced (C1-C2). Perfect for both self-study and classroom activities. 

This second edition includes two new units and an updated design and content.

Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell

Number of levels

B1-C2 (Intermediate to Advanced)

Informed by the Cambridge English Corpus
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Key features:

  • Increase your knowledge of phrasal verbs and how to use them, with easy to understand explanations and practice exercises.
  • Learn phrasal verbs in context, with lots of different topics, including ‘Mobile devices’, ‘Academic writing’ and ‘Socialising’ at intermediate level, and ‘Lectures and seminars’, ‘Agreeing’ and ‘Social life’ at advanced.
  • Be confident about what you are learning, thanks to Cambridge research into how English is really spoken and written.
  • Get better at studying by yourself, with study tips, follow-up tasks and an easy to use answer key.