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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs

The Resource for Understanding the Nuances of the English Language


About the Book

An essential part of mastering the English language is the understanding and use of phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb consists of a verb (such as look) that is paired with a preposition or particle (such as up) to form a complete lexical unit (such as look up). The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (Houghton Mifflin, September 14, 2005) is the perfect reference guide to familiarize native speakers and learners of English alike with this aspect of language.

Drawing on the authority of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, this completely new reference work lists and defines thousands of phrasal verbs and incorporates new material for thorough, up-to-date coverage.

Each fully defined phrasal verb is entered in an A–Z format and is followed by helpful example sentences explaining how the verb fits into the sentence structure. For example, at button up, meaning "to fasten all the buttons on a garment," sample sentences illustrate two acceptable constructions: "button the sweater up" and "button up the sweater."

The principal conjugations and pronunciations of each verb are included, and grammatical information is delivered through clear, straightforward examples instead of confusing codes and abbreviations. The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs is an essential tool for anyone interested in speaking and writing more clearly and naturally.

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