Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verb
Phrasal verb is commonly applied to two or three distinct but related constructions in English: a verb and a participle and/or a preposition forming a single semantic unit.
Pick up the phone:

Contestar el teléfono. 
I called him an hour ago, but he didn’t pick up.
When he finally picked up the phone I told him what had happened.
Why didn’t you pick up your phone when I called?

Hang up the phone: 

colgar el teléfono. 
He hung up the phone and left the office.
She got angry and hung up.
GRABACIÓN: Please don’t hang up. An operator will assist you in a moment.


recoger algo del suelo. 
I dropped the oranges and had to pick them up.
Please pick up your dirty socks. Don’t just leave them on the floor.


ir a buscar algo/alguien.
I have to pick the kids up from school at 3 o’clock.
I need someone to pick me up at the airport on Sunday. Can you do it?
When you’re at the shop, could you pick up some apples?


colgar o tender la ropa.
He washed his shirts and hung them up to dry.
Please hang your clothes up in the wardrobe.