Most used phrasal verbs in IELTS

In the IELTS test, using phrasal verbs in your speaking section of the test especially will show your examiner that your speaking skills are natural. It is very important, though, to use them correctly, so you should study them beforehand.

Don’t use them, if you’re uncertain, since using them incorrectly will sound messy anc confusing to the ears of a native English speaker.

1. Cheer up
Cheer up means become happier. As an example: She cheered up when she saw a puppy.
Cheer somebody up means making somebody happier.
As an example: I brought you this cake to cheer you up.

2. Eat out
Eat out means going to a restaurant to eat. As an example: We are going to eat out tonight.

3. Find out
Find out means discovering an information. As an example: How did you find out where I live?

4. Get up
Get up means getting out of bed. As an example: I must get up early tomorrow to go to work.
It can also mean standing up. As an example: He got up from the couch after hearing the doorbell.

5. Give up
Give up means to stop trying. As an example: Fixing my computer was too hard so I gave up.
Give something up means quitting a habit. As an example: I think I should give up smoking.

6. Grow up
Grow up means becoming an adult.
As an example: When he grows up he wants to become a policeman.

7. Hang out
Hang out means spending time with someone, usually doing something relaxing.
As an example: Do you want to hang out and go to the movies tomorrow?

8. Hang up
Hang up means ending a phone call.
As an example: My mom told me to call her back before she hung up.

9. Hold on
Hold on means waiting a short amount of time.
As an example: Could you hold on a minute? I have to use the bathroom.

10. Look forward to
Look forward to something means being excited for the future.
As an example: I’m really looking forward to the concert next week.

11. Look out
Look out means being careful or alert. As an example: Look out! That bike is coming really fast.

12. Put on
Put something on means putting clothes or accessories on.
As an example: For the wedding this summer, I would like to put on my blue dress.

13. Take out
Take something out means removing something from a place.
As an example: My brother promised to take the trash out.
Take somebody out means paying for taking somebody to go somewhere with you.
As an example: My boyfriend took me out for dinner last night.

14. Turn on/off
Turn something on means switching something on.
As an example: Can you turn on the TV, please?
Turn something off means switching something off. As an example: I asked him to turn off the lights from the kitchen.

15. Wake up

Wake up means to stop sleeping. As an example: Every morning I must wake up at eight.

16. Work out
Work out means exercising. As an example: She works out at the gym every week.
It can also mean being successful at something. As an example: The plan worked out fine in the end.
The higher your band score is, the more doors will be open for you around the globe.
This is a test result that you should not take lightly. Your IELTS result can be vital for your future, if you are planning on moving, or applying for a job or a university in an English spoken country.

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