18 Speaking Phrasal Verbs

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Important speaking phrasal verbs to be used in daily conversations. Intermediate and advanced words that are used by natives on a daily basis to expand and enrich your vocabulary.

These important phrasal verbs will be also helpful if you want to impress your IELTS examiner or get a high score in TOEFL.

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18 speaking phrasal verbs

It’s an advanced English lesson. We’re looking at phrasal verbs, we’ve got 18 in total. And these phrasal verbs are split into different groups and they are all about better communication.

Speaking phrasal verbs to improve or to give you or help you with better communication. Okay, so let’s go through them.

Negative Speaking

go on

Meaning: keep talking about sth for a long time


He went on and on about his new car.

He went on and on about his new job.

harp on (about sth)

Meaning: repeatedly talk about a certain subject


He is always harping on about the lack of money.

John harps on about his new hobby.

ramble on

Meaning: talk for a long time about lots of points that are usually disconnected


Oh, he rambled on at that presentation. We ended up being there for 40 minutes.

Old people can ramble on. You have to keep them focused.

Speaking Quickly

rattle sth off

Meaning: say a list or an impressive number of facts very quickly


He can rattle off the list of the last 20 winners of the World Cup.

reel sth off

Meaning: say a list or an impressive number of facts very quickly


The old man reeled off the names of his 22 grandchildren.

He can reel off/rattle off the names of all of the planets.


butt in

Meaning: rudely enter another conversation


Do you mind if I butt in there?

We were having a conversation around the coffee table. And this guy, who knows everything about everything, decided to butt in.

chip in

Meaning: add a specific point to a conversation


If somebody wants to chip in and give some ideas, please feel free to do so.

In one of those brainstorming sessions, the boss will expect you to chip in with some ideas.

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Saying Something Suddenly

blurt out

Meaning: say something suddenly, usually without thinking


Everybody laughed when he blurted out the answer. He wasn’t supposed to do that.

come out with

Meaning: say something suddenly


Oh, you can always rely on Harry to come out with something quite funny.

Oh, you should have seen the looks on people’s faces last night when Michael came out with his joke.

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come up with

Meaning: add a new idea to a conversation


Can anybody come up with a good suggestion as to what we’ll do for this year’s Christmas party?

go along with

Meaning: agree with someone else


Everybody went along with his idea about the Christmas party.

For once, they liked and went along with my idea for the party theme.

Not Speaking

shut up

Meaning: (very rude) stop talking, often used as an imperative


When the teacher came in, the kids shut up immediately.

He was so frightened that he shut up and didn’t dare to speak all the way.

break off

Meaning: suddenly stop speaking


He broke off mid-sentence to allow somebody else to comment.

He lost his train of thought and broke off staring into space.

clam up

Meaning: refuse to speak or become silent during a conversation


Some kids, who can be very shy at an early age, clam up in the presence of their school teacher.

They just clammed up; nobody was going to tell him anything.

dry up

Meaning: run out of ideas, finish speaking because you don’t know or have forgotten what to say


His mind went blank, he forgot his lines and he dried up.

Antonio dried up during the presentation; luckily, Anna stepped in and took over.

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Speaking Rudely

talk at somebody

Meaning: talk to someone without listening to what they have to say


The more I talked at him in a demanding tone, the more upset he became.

I don’t like it when people talk at me.

talk down to somebody

Meaning: when you treat someone as inferior or subordinate to you


The mean girls at school thought I was dumb, so they always talked down to me.

go off

Meaning: speak angrily about something


Something got into his mind, and he went off on me for no apparent reason.

The boss went off on a rant today about overheads and costs.

Okay, so these are all phrasal verbs connected with speaking. With the phrasal verbs, you’re going to have a verb and you’re going to have a preposition.

Lots of them have other meanings. But here we’re talking about speaking phrasal verbs.

See, can you introduce them into your conversations or your writing? If you need any help, please contact me at englishlessonviaskype.com

Very happy to help you further, just takes a little bit of practice. So whatever you do, practice, practice and a bit more practice. Thanks for listening and thanks for watching. Join me again for the next lesson.

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more information

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