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Phrasal Verbs and Idioms

Graham Workman
Oxford University Press

Making Headway Upper-Intermediate

Phrasal Verbs and Idioms
Graham Workman

Oxford University Press

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Foreword 4 Introduction 5 Introductory unit 7 Getting down to work 1 3 Looking round a flat 19 Healthy body, healthy mind 2 4 A place of your own2 9 Getting away from it all 3 3 Family relationships 38 You are what you wear 4 3 A narrow escape 4 8 Getting on in life 5 3 A nightmare journey 59 What's in the news? 6 4 Across a crowded room 70 Tapescripts 76 Answer key 88

Students of English realize very early on in their learning career that prepositions present a problem. They collocate with nouns. adjectives. pastparticiples, and verbs, without rules or logic. Students simply have to learn that interested is followed by in, and good is followed by at. and go home has no preposition. Multi-word verbs, or phrasal verbs as they are often referred to, present a very special problem. English can make verb and particle (preposition or adverb) combinations easily and freely. The word particle has been used throughout thisbook, in order to avoid having to make the adverb/preposition distinction (to most students. the word after the verb in a multi-word verb is always a preposition). Multi-word verbs exist throughout the language. They express everyday actions such as Turn on the light: they can also have a variety of meanings such as Things worked out well. W e worked out the problem. She worked out in the gym,I've never been able to work him out. and The find price works out at f 10. Given the complexity of the area. the surprise is that learners are very keen to master it. They seem to sense that multi-word verbs are a vital component of English, and spoken English in particular. There is also the feeling that an understanding of common idioms will increase their comprehension, though most studentsinstinctively avoid trying to produce them. The best time to address these areas is at upper-intermediate and advanced levels, when students already have a certain grammatical and lexical foundation. This book goes a long way to helping students to unravel the complexity of multi-word verbs, preposition and adverb collocations. and idiomatic expressions. Students will find staged guidance in...
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