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10 Phrasal Words for IELTS Speaking band 8

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Have you wondered what is stopping you from getting your dream score in IELTS speaking test? Proper usage of ‘Phrasal verbs’ can help you go a long way to achieve a good score in IELTS speaking section! Phrasal verbs are simple to use and when used while speaking in IELTS, they can make you sound more effective and impressive. So, let’s see how you can use a plethora of phrasal verbs to boost your score in IELTS speaking test.

First of all, what are phrasal verbs?

When one verb is linked to another word, generally a preposition or an adverb, it is called phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are totally a new expression which have a different meaning from the original verb.

For example: I can’t put up with you anymore.

Put means to place something somewhere, up means towards a higher position and with means accompanied by someone or something.

Together these words, put up with mean, to accept someone or something unpleasant.

10 phrasal verbs that you should know for achieving a high score in IELTS Speaking:

1. Work out

Meaning: to work on a solution to a problem or calculate

I need to work out whether I can afford a touch screen computer.

2. Catch up

Meaning: to accelerate

After recovering from long illness, I had to catch up with my fitness trainer.

3. Carry on

Meaning: to continue doing something

I am going to carry on with my teaching job after my wedding.

4. Come across

Meaning: find something unexpectedly.

I came across my school friend in Ananya’s party after 10 years.

5. Read up on

Meaning: to read a lot about a subject

I should read up on the official guide of Canadian citizenship before taking the test of citizenship in Canada.

6. Sort out

Meaning: to deal with a problem successfully

There were some misunderstanding between me and my best friend, but we sorted things out.

7. Zone out

Meaning: to fall asleep or stop paying attention

The speech of the chief guest was so long that I zoned out in the auditorium.

8. Come up with

Meaning: to get an idea or a solution

He came up with a brilliant idea to increase the sales of his company.

9. Look back on

Meaning: think about an event that happened in the past

When I look back on my college days, I miss the care-free days.

10. Call off

Meaning: to decide that something will not happen

He had to call off the concert due to some technical issues.

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