3 September 2015

Nouns Formed From Phrasal Verbs

° There are many compound nouns formed with a verb + preposition, or preposition + verb combination. 

  • an outbreak of food poisoning
  • The city has a bypass, which keeps traffic out of the centre.
  • I'll need regular updates on her progress.

°  Some of these nouns operate as phrasal verbs, and some don't.

  • Rioting has broken out all over the city.
  • I passed by your house on the way to the station.
  • There is no verb to date up.

Here are some example sentences with a compound noun starting with the word given.

◊  take

  1. Shall we eat out or get a takeaway (US takeout)?
          a meal you buy in a restaurant to eat at home

     2.  They were involved in a takeover two years ago.

          getting control of a company by buying most of its shares

◊  down

      3. You can download it for free. I'll forward the link to you.

           information obtained from the Internet, usually free

      4. It was gambling that eventually led to his downfall.

          failure or ruin following success

      5. I didn't bring an umbrella, so I got soaked in yesterday's downpour.

          a lot of rain that falls fast

◊   out

       6. I've bought a new outfit for the party tomorrow.

           a set of clothes worn together

       7. We may not know the outcome of the meeting until tomorrow.

            the final result of something, when no one knows what to expect

       8. The outlook for people on low incomes is grim.

            the likely future situation

◊   break

       9. After her husband died, Anna had an emotional breakdown.

          a serious mental illness

     10. It is a significant breakthrough in computer design.

            new and successful development

And here are some examples of compound nouns ending with the word given.


     11. You need to have a copy of your work as a backup (ALSO back-up) in case something goes wrong with the computer.

            support or help

     12. She is going through a break-up (ALSO breakup) right now. That's why she is depressed.

           ending a relationship

     13. This firm is currently facing a radical shake-up (ALSO shakeup).

           a large change

Can you think of any other combinations matching this type of nouns?


  1. Phrasal Verbs

    A phrasal verb is a mix of words (a verb + a preposition word or verb +adverb) that when utilized together, as a rule interpretation of an alternate intending to that of the original verb.

    Phrasal Verb Examples
    break down, check in, tear up

    When we use phrasal verbs, we use them like normal verbs in a sentence, regardless if it’s a regular or irregular verb.

    1. Ella tore up the letter after she read it.

    2. Their car broke down two miles out of town.

    3. Did the manager deal with that customer’s complaint.

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