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Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book, The Paperback – October 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0764110283 ISBN-10: 0764110284

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764110284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764110283
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Updated to reflect questions found on various recent ESL tests, this book presents 400 common phrasal verbs as they are used in everyday English. Phrasal verbs are verbs combined with prepositions or adverbs. Becoming familiar with phrasal verbs and understanding how they are commonly used as nouns (for example, breakup and show-off), or as adjectives (spaced-out, broken-down, stressed-out and many others) is essential to speaking and understanding modern English. Students preparing for the TOEFL or other ESL exams will find this book's many examples and exercises especially helpful --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Carl W. Hart has taught English as a Second Language for nearly 25 years in the USA, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Equatorial Guinea. He now lives in Indiana, USA, where he teaches at a major university.

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Very good book for English learners.
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As a non English speaker a found this book very helpful.
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This book has many exercises and it helps a lot.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Xavier on August 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Get ready for a memorable showdown! Prepare to meet write off, check in, chat on, show up, kick back... and even more two-headed creatures that Anglophone people call Phrasal Verbs!
I had sought a textbook specialized in phrasal verbs for a very long time and this one is the first I found that deserves this appellation. You will find tons of phrasal verbs in there, almost 400, among the most popular.
The book is divided in 40 units or so containing a dozen verbs. Quick grammar rules relative to phrasal verbs introduce each unit. Here are treated, little by little, the following issues which are salient characteristics of the phrasal verbs, i.e. What is a particle? Is a particle always separable? How to make the difference between a particle and a "vulgar" preposition? Where is the accentuation of a phrasal verb? Is it possible to find a common abstract notion between some meanings of verbs that share the same particle (e.g. break in, call in, give in)? Yes, you'll have the answers to all these riveting questions!
In each unit, each verb is followed by its inflected forms (gerund, past and participle). Its different meanings are described and you'll see that sometimes the particle of a verb can go from a non-separable state to a separable state depending on the sense given to the verb! A couple of practical examples illustrates each meaning.
Now, exercises! You'll find a lot of them in the book. Five, six, sometimes more per unit, including a recapitulation exercise using verbs that you studied in previous units, so that you can train your memory and check your knowledge.
A unit will take you quite a certain time and sometimes you'll need up to 1 hour 1/2 if you do them seriously.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Gaggero on July 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are serious about learning the English language as a non-native learner, you'll enjoy this book. It covers the subject thoroughly, with a more practical approach than others. I think this book is the best because you learn phrasal verbs in contest, as they are used everyday. An academic approach can be misleading, and useless, for the non-native learner. The approach is very user-friendly, and intuitive. Very good for intermediate and advanced learners.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HM JP on December 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
An excellent workbook for learning phrasal verbs in English. Its format is easy to understand, and a number of exercises are provided in each unit to help students master the phrasal verbs they have learned in the unit. However, I have found quite a few mistakes/misprints in the answer section. Some are minor: verbs and particles are separated where they should be put together one after the other; others a bit more serious: a phrasal verb that is appropriate in meaning but not covered in the given unit is offered as an answer to the quiz, or simply wrong ones are provided. Otherwise, I would have given 5 stars. I hope that there aren't as many mistakes/misprints in the text itself, and that the publisher will correct them for the next edition.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gayla K. Fitzpatrick on December 28, 2007
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I've just come from a tutoring session with an adult Russian student; she was so pleased with this book that I let her keep my copy and returned home to order another for myself, its modest price being yet another inducement for purchase. The book is lucid, well-organized, and thorough. While I explain by paraphrase, analogy, and mime, here the phrases are defined precisely, with variations made explicit. As a native speaker, I found myself not only informed but also delighted by some of the book's definitions. It seems to cover the most common phrasal verbs non-native speakers encounter and understand in context but are otherwise flummoxed by. For a student who speaks competently but wants to "sound more American," this book is an ideal resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2009
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This book is fabulous! I host exchange students each year and they have all told me that this is the best gift I could have gotten them hands down. It clues them in to all the slang and phrases we use without thinking. Great find!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Cunningham VINE VOICE on July 31, 2011
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Others have aptly described the contents of this book, but I would like to join in the chorus about the book's popularity with students. I taught ESL at the university level for over 20 years and never found a book as popular as this one for the teaching of vocabulary. Now I'm teaching as a volunteer at my church where all of our students are Spanish speakers. Because of the high number of cognates in English and Spanish, many Spanish speakers can adjust their ear a bit, making it possible to recognize those words which we share in common from the Latin heritage of the old Roman Empire and the lingering influence of Latin throughout the Middle Ages. However, they struggle with the Anglo-Saxon component of English vocabulary, which is huge and still the basis of daily conversation in English. This book was actually discovered by one of my students, who is now a U.S. citizen with about ten years of residency here. I hesitantly started using it as in all my years of ESL I never did vocabulary this way, but this book has been a huge hit with all of the students who have seen it. They asked me to order them copies from Amazon and have even asked me to order one for friends who do not attend the class! One woman has a college-age son who has graduated from high school in the U.S. and has attended some college classes. She says he is often hard to motivate where study is concerned, but he loved the book so much he told his mom he wanted to keep it and could she please buy another one for herself! Every week they say how much they are learning from this book. They are assigning themselves homework from the book and sharing with each other what they learned on their own throughout the week.Read more ›
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