#EngTrivia: Phrasal verbs with ‘by’

Hi, Fellas, do you still remember what phrasal verb is? It is a verb that is followed by either an adverb or a preposition. In this session I would like to discuss phrasal verbs with preposition ‘by.’

In the previous topic (https://goo.gl/G8hTSa), we can see that there are two types of phrasal verb. They are transitive phrasal verb and intransitive phrasal verb.

I found that, generally, phrasal verbs with ‘by’ are mostly transitive verbs, for instances ‘come by,’ ‘run by,’ and ‘stick by.’ It means that this type of phrasal verb has a direct object.

Example:

  • “How did you come by such a brilliant idea?”
  • “I will stick by you no matter how bad this situation is.”

However, there are some phrases function as both transitive and intransitive verb, such as ‘stand by,’ ‘drop by,’ and ‘pass by.’

Example:

  • “You have to stand by here.” (intransitive)
  • “I don’t care about the consequences; I will stand by my decision.” (transitive)

 

Source: Macmillandictionary.com

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Friday, June 9, 2017.

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