As an English learner, phrasal verbs are something you can assume you will be learning indefinitely (*a period of time that won’t end*) because there are so many of these verbs, some with multiple meanings, and they are so common in English. Phrasal verbs will add a new level of fluency to your English level, and if you use them correctly, you will definitely sound more like a native speaker. Additionally, if you understand a lot of phrasal verbs, you’ll better understand native speakers as well. So don’t worry, embrace phrasal verbs with open arms! This means accept them happily. ♥
This blog has a lot of phrasal verb lessons you can review, and most of them are organized into different categories. Today is no different, because we are going to review phrasal verbs with hand, so we’re learning by the main verb.
How can you learn with today’s lesson?
That’s easy! I recommend adding the words you learn today to your phrasal verb notebook. If you don’t have one, create one! Get a notebook just for phrasal verbs (this can be an electronic version as well, like Evernote or Google Documents), and organize the phrasal verbs you learn into categories. Some categories that you can start using are:
- Phrasal verbs by the main verb: this is the style of today’s lesson, as we’re learning multiple examples with the main verb hand
You can also check out some other posts:
- Phrasal verbs by theme, for example phrasal verbs related to summer
You can also check out these posts:
In your notebook you want to write the definition of the phrasal verb, sentence examples you see (here, in the video, or elsewhere), and then you want to practice by creating your own sentences. THIS is the most important. Writing your own sentence examples will help you memorize the new words to use later in conversation. If you can, get your sentence examples checked by someone for accuracy. If you follow this pattern, you will definitely see progress in your skills and feel more confident using phrasal verbs naturally.
Now that you know HOW to learn are you ready to START learning?
Begin today’s lesson with this 5 Minute English video. Write down the definitions and examples you hear (to practice listening comprehension) and then double check your answers below in the written section of this lesson.
5 English Phrasal Verbs with Hand
Today you learned:
Let’s review the definitions and examples you heard in the video, as well as some additional sentence examples for your reference and review.
hand back: to return something to someone; to give back
The teacher is going to hand back all of the tests on Friday.
Paulo was holding my cellphone and car keys, so I asked him to hand them back to me
hand down: to pass something from one person to another (usually from someone older to someone younger)
My grandmother has handed down some beautiful jewelry to me.
The house on the corner has been handed down from generation to generation. It’s very old!
hand down: (legal) to make a formal decision and give it in writing
The judge handed down the prison sentence of 10 years to the criminal.
hand in: to give something for someone to review or accept
I’m going to hand in my final paper on Friday to my college professor.
When I needed to leave my old job, I had to hand in my resignation at least 2 weeks in advance.
hand out: to give/distribute something to a large group of people, or many different people. (*Note: it can also be used less literally without an actual object – see example 2)
My favorite local band is having a show on Friday. So, I saw them handing out flyers for the show earlier this week.
I never talk to Mary because she’s always handing out unwanted advice
hand over: to give up control or possession of something (generally, but not always, this is used negatively because the person with control doesn’t want to give up the “something” or let go)
When you get pulled over by the police, you have to hand over your drivers license and insurance
The child had a breakable cup, and the mother said, “Hand it over”
When taken to jail, the criminal had to hand over all of his personal possessions and belongings.
As I mentioned above, you should write down and understand the definition and given sentence examples. But don’t forget to write your own! Can you write at least 1 example for each of the phrasal verbs above?
Additionally you can practice by answering these questions. You can write down the questions and your answers in your notebook, or you can use these questions to start a conversation with someone in English!
- Have you ever been handed back the wrong test in a classroom? If so, was the score much different from your real one?
- Do you have anything you want to hand down to your children or a loved one?
- When you hand in a resignation at work in your country, is 2 weeks required?
- Have you ever handed out anything to the public? If so, what was it?
- What’s the last object you had to hand over to someone that you really didn’t want to let go?
Alright, time to get to work!
- Current students, upload your practice sentences and the answers to your questions in our online document. We’ll review it in our next Skype lesson.
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What did you think of today’s lesson? Do you have any questions? Are there any other phrasal verbs you can add to this list? Let me know in the comments!