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Monday, June 22, 2015

Phrasal Verbs to Boost Your IELTS Speaking Scores

Speaking well in English means to know the right vocabulary to use in communication. When one is successful to express his or her idea orally, then we can say that he or she is a good communicator in English. The usage of English is important in working and in school. Furthermore, it has been used as a requirement for individuals who wish to work or study in English speaking countries. The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination is needed.

One section of the IELTS test that most Filipinos are apprehensive is the speaking section. Many candidates are always advised to choose their vocabulary in their responses. Additionally, it would be best for IELTS candidates to make use of phrasal verbs in their responses. What are phrasal verbs?

Phrasal verbs are considered idiomatic phrase that is composed of a verb and a participle. They give a new meaning to the sentence once it is used. Here are some useful phrasal verbs, their definitions, and sample sentences.

· Hang Out

To spend a relaxing time with someone


  • On weekends, I usually hang out with my brother. We play computer games at home, and once we get tired, we play the guitar and sing.
  • My friends used to hang out with me, but since we had a fight, I seldom see them.

· Come Across

To find something in an unexpected manner


  • While I was searching for books in the library, I came across this book about languages.
  • I came across a folder in my documents which has all my school certification.

· Give Up

To stop doing something


  • My uncle gave up smoking since he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • The athlete was about to give up, but the people’s cheer made him continue the race.

· Cut Down

To reduce something


  • Mrs. Lee needs to cut down with her sugar intake.
  • The budget for the plan has been cut down by the management due to some unknown reasons.

· Find Out

To discover


  • Through the series of test, I found out that I am a patient yet perfectionist type of person.
  • She found out that her husband was cheating on him.

· Eat Away

To gradually destroy


  • Some TV programs eat away the minds of the younger generation.
  • The strong current of the flood eat away the foundation near the cliffs.

· See Though

To finish something despite difficulties


  • My parents were able to see me through college through their hard work.
  • The team were able to see through the project.

· Settle On

To make a decision


  • After a month long of consideration, the principal settled on the new proposal.
  • She settled on the job in the academy.

· Point Out

To indicate


  • The reading points out several details about greenhouse effect.
  • She points out the advantages and disadvantages of the marketing plan.

· Take Away

To remove


  • I can remember my father taking away my toys since I failed my math subject.
  • The men took away the prisoners and lead them into a room.

Once used successfully in the sentence, your responses will sound better for the IELTS speaking. Be careful with phrasal verbs. Study them well and practice using them in your –day-to-day conversations.