Prepositional vs. Phrasal VerbsMany students mix prepositional and phrasal verbs.
However, we make a distinction between them. There is only one minor difference: the particle in phrasal verbs can come before or after the object (if the object is not a pronoun),
*the particles in phrasal verbs can come before or after the object (if the object is not a pronoun)
Example: I’ll put my coat on.
*the prepositions in prepositional verbs come only before the object and immediately after the verb:
Example: She is studying for the exam. You cannot write:
- She has agreed to the plan. – we have an object the plan after the verb+preposition construction ( agree + to).
- I don’t like to get up early. Here up is behaving as an adverb particle and not as a preposition. It modifies the meaning of put and adds it a completely new meaning.