Evitando as Brasileiradas
Como digo: "Deixe eu anotar isso"?
Today we are going to take a look at phrasal verbs – a phrase (such as break down or look down on) that combines a verb with a preposition or adverb or both and that functions as a verb whose meaning is different from the combined meanings of the individual words.
Let’s take a look at the verb pick. The meaning of pick is escolher, colher, among others. But when combined with the preposition up, the meaning changes to, among other things, pegar, buscar, retirar. (Click here for the full definition).
Now, the focus of this post is to give you some general rules about separating the phrasal verbs. Three-word verbs (like look down on – desprezar, above), are never separated. Most two-word verbs (like break down – quebrar, enguiçar, above) are separable. But when do you separate them?
When using a noun, separation is optional. When using a pronoun, it is mandatory.
Let’s look at some examples.
- Can you pick up the kids for me (Can you pick the kids up for me)?
- Can you pick them up for me? (Never: Can you pick up them for me?)
Always separate a two-word phrasal verb when using a pronoun.