Phrasal Verbs with Across, down and get

Phrasal Verbs with Across, down and get

A phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down upon.

They are notoriously difficult for foreign language learners to grasp and to learn, usually because second language learners do one of two things, both of which are futile :

  1. They try to translate the phrasal ver back into their own language.
  2. They try to look for some form of logic or pattern in phrasal verbs.

The term phrasal verb is commonly applied to two or three distinct but related constructions in English: a verb and a particle and/or a preposition co-occur forming a single semantic unit.

This semantic unit cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts in isolation, but rather it can be taken as a whole.

In other words, the meaning is non-compositional and thus unpredictable.

Phrasal verbs that include a preposition are known as prepositional verbs and phrasal verbs that include a particle are also known as particle verbs.

Additional alternative terms for phrasal verb are compound verbverb-adverb combinationverb-particle constructiontwo-part word/verb, and three-part word/verb (depending on the number of particles), and multi-word verb.

In this crossword, we will be looking at Phrasal Verbs with Across, down and get – you may also find some alternative meaning to some of the phrasal verbs in the crossword – if you do, why not post your definitions in the comments?

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