Dropouts, Startups and Turnover – Nouns from Phrasal Verbs


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Nouns from PVs1

Phrasal verbs make up (see this one right there?) a huge category of English vocabulary!

Phrasal verbs combine a verb like MAKE and a preposition or adverb like UP. What a lot of people find difficult about learning phrasal verbs is that one verb can combine with several prepositions to make different phrasal verbs. For example, MAKE can combine with UP, OUT, and OVER.

To make matters worse, one phrasal verb such as MAKE UP may have different meanings. For example, women like to make up their face, and they also make up about 50% of the population. These are just two different meanings of  make up, and I am sorry to say, there are a few more! :)

To complicate things a bit more, nouns can be made from phrasal verbs. To stick with the example of the verb make up, we can talk about a store that sells makeup for women. Here makeup is a noun made from the phrasal verb MAKE UP.

We are planning to publish a series of quizzes and infographics on phrasal verbs and nouns. I am sure they will help you master them easily! Here is the first quiz in the series – Get right on it!

Let’s see a couple of words related to money and business that all come from phrasal verbs!




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  1. […] « Dropouts, Startups and Turnover – Nouns from Phrasal Verbs […]

  1. Cary says:

    June 21, 2015 at 05:17

    The particle first or not??

    upset, setup, outcome, upturn, turnup (turnups at the bottom of your trouser legs, or “that’s a tunup for the books” British English, meaning a surprise, something unexpected. downfall, but fallout, a falling out, comedown; overload, throughput, walkover, overpayment, upstart, startup, .. and so on …. .

  2. EU English says:

    June 23, 2015 at 20:11

    Hi Cary, Thanks for your comment! We are planning a series of short lessons on nouns from PVs and PVs, and we’ll include particle-first nouns as well :) All the best, The EU English Team

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