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Top 10 IELTS phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs are a solid building block on the way to a band 6.5 score and higher. If you are able to use them freely, then then your speech will come across more natural. This can only be a good thing, especially when looking for the highest score possible.

Here are our top 10 phrasal verbs for the IELTS speaking exam.

Phrasal verb Definition Example
To meet up To see someone and do something together “I finally met up with my friends last week.”
To calm down To relax and stop being angry “He was extremely angry so he walked off to calm down.”
To call up To contact someone on a telephone. “I try to make time every week to call up my mother.”
To fall through For something to fail to happen “I nearly bought a new car, but it fell through when they rejected my offer.”
To get away To leave a particular place “Sometimes I want to quit my job and get away from my hometown.”
To go back To return “I went to Spain on holiday last year, I cannot wait to go back again next year.”
To pick out To choose “My girlfriend takes a long time to pick out clothes for the day.”
To run into To collide with something “If you don’t look where you’re going, you’ll run into something or someone.”
To give up To stop doing something “He never gave up and now he has a band 8 IELTS score!”
To turn down To refuse something “I turned down dinner, because I didn’t like that particular restaurant.”

What is your favourite phrasal verb? Tell us in the comments below! 😀 


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