Phrasal verbs are confusing! If you like silly cat videos, the YouTube channel Phrasal Verbs Friends is a fun way to learn. Don't worry if cat videos are not really your thing. There are other ways to learn!
The good news is that some phrasal verbs follow the meaning of the preposition. For example.
He got in the car.
He got out of the car.
There are a few other patterns that might help you. For example,
Off - surprise/lack of control
- The bomb went off.
- He let off the fireworks.
- We set off a chain of events.
- He made off with my money.
On - smoothness/harmony
- I get on with my sister.
- Please, do go on.
- The dog carried on wagging his tail.
Up - finish/create
- Eat up your dinner.
- Drink up! We are leaving.
- He made up a story.
- He dreamt up a plan.
- She set up her own company.
Out - ending (negative sense)
- He and his sister fell out over the will.
- I dropped out of school.
- He was kicked out of the club.
- He wiped out because the road was wet.
The bad news, however, is that for most of them, you just have to learn them!
The bad news is not that bad!