Group Verbs [Phrasal Verbs & Prepositional Verbs]

Group Verbs, Phrasal Verbs & Prepositional Verbs


Act against (oppose)– A traitor acts against the country.

Act for (support)– A patriot acts for the country.

Act for - A lawyer acts for his client.

Act on - I acted on my brother's advice.

Act on (affect)– Over work will act on your health.

Act upon - Over eating acts upon our health.

Act upon - He acts upon my suggestion.

Act upon - Acting upon the information the police raided the hostel.

Act upon (affect)– Over work will act upon your health.

Act upto - The computer does not act upto our expectation.

Act from - We should act from a sense of duty.

Act under (an order)– They work under the orders of their leaders.

Act under - The supporters acted under the orders of their leader. 

Act against - The officer acted against the interest of the company.


Add to– The news of her failure added to her mother’s sorrow.

Add up– Add up the figure.


Adhere to– We must adhere to our principles.


Aim at– The hunter aimed the gun at the tiger.


Ask for (pray for)– I asked for a loan.


Bear away/ off (win)– I bore away four prizes in the competition.

Bear away/ off (win)– I bore off four prizes in the competition.

Bear on (relate to)– Parents bear on their son.

Bear out (support/ confirm)– His evidence does not bear out the charge against me.

Bear up (sustain)– Patience bears us up in our crisis.

Bear with (tolerate)– I cannot bear with such an insult.

Bear down - The government bore down the sedition. 

Bear out - His evidence does not bear out charge against you. 

Bear up - I cannot bear up such an insult. 

Bear up against - The poor are to bear up against all


Bear up on - The point has no bearing up on the matter under discussion.

Bear with - I cannot bear with such conduct. 

Bear up - Honesty bore him up in rainy days.


Blow off (emit)– Engines blow off carbon-di-oxide.

Blow out (extinguish)– Blow out the lamp.

Blow up (destroy by explosion) – The soldiers blew up the bridge.

Blow away - Wind blows away dry leaves.

Blow down - The storm blew down many trees.

Blow out - The child blew out the candle.

Blow over - A storm blew over the city.

Blow off - An engine blows off steam.

Blow up - Several bombs were blown up.

Blow in - The students blew in the classroom.


Break away (get away)– The thief broke away from the jail.

Break down (decline)– His health has broken down.

Break down (collapse)– The Bridge broke down on the ship.

Break down (cease to function)– The machine has broken down.

Break in (interrupt)– You should not break in our conversation.

Break in (inter illegally)– Burglars broke in when we were sleeping.

Break with (quarrel with)– He has broken with his wife.

Break up (close)– Our school breaks up at 4 pm.

Break up (disperse)– The police broke up the meeting.

Break through (enter by force) – Robbers broke through the door at midnight.

Break through (overcome) – We have to break through many obstacles in life.

Break into (enter by force) – Robbers broke into the room at midnight.

Break out (spread suddenly) – Cholera has broken out in the village.

Break off (end suddenly) – The speaker broke off in the middle of the speech.

Break away - The thief broke away from the jail. 

Break off -He broke off in the middle of the story.

Break out - Cholera has broken out in the village. 

Break up - Our school breaks up at 7 p. m. 

Break into - Last night a thief broke into my room. 

Break down - His health has broken down. 

Break with - I broke with him for his misconduct.

Break in upon - The angry mob broke in upon the meeting.

Break through -The army broke through the main gate. 

Break forth - The tiger broke forth from the bush. 

Break in - The farmer broke the bull in.


Bring about (cause to happen) – Laziness will bring about our ruin.

Bring down (reduce) – Only good harvest can bring down the price of essentials.

Bring forth (produce) – The woman has brought forth three children at a time.

Bring up (rear) – Parents bring up their children.

Bring out (publish) – We shall bring out a school magazine soon.

Bring off (rescue) – The hero brought off the life of the princess.

Bring in (introduce) – The government will bring in a new bill on education.

Bring through (cure) – The new medicine will bring the patients through.

Bring about - His laziness has brought about his own ruin. 

Bring down - His defeat has brought down his pride. 

Bring forth - The queen brought forth a child. 

Bring up - He was brought up by his uncle. 

Bring on - Smoking brings on various diseases. 

Bring in - His business brings in a large income. 

Bring off - A lifeboat brings off the crew of a lost ship. 

Bring out - He has brought out a new edition of his book. 

Bring round - The patient was brought round through proper treatment. 

Bring to - Hearing the result, the boy fainted but was brought to. 

Bring under - The wild horse was brought under.


Burst into (tears) – Seeing her dead son, mother burst into tears.

Burst out (laughing) – Hearing the joke, we all burst out laughing.


Call in (a doctor) – Please call in a doctor immediately.

Call at (a place) – I’ll call at your office tomorrow.

Call on (a person) – I’ll call on you tomorrow.

Call for (a wrong) – My boss called for an explanation from me.

Call over (the roll) – The teacher called over rolls.

Call up (remember) – I can’t call up her name.

Call off (a strike) – The workers called off their strike.

Call at - Yesterday he called at my office. 

Call in - They called in a doctor. 

Call on - He called on me. 

Call over - The teacher called over the rolls. 

Call up - I cannot call up his name. 

Call out - The girl called out at the top of her voice.

Call off - The workers called off their strike. 

Call forth - The leader called forth his supporters to work together. 

Call for - The officer called for an explanation from me. 

Call upon - The poor boy called upon me for help. 

Call upon - I shall call upon you tomorrow. 

Call off - The noise calls off my attention.


Carry away - The bay was carried away by a strong current.

Carry on - He failed to carry on his studies for poverty. 

Carry out - Students should carry out their teachers' advice. 

Carry away - The audience was carried away by her sweet songs. 

Carry off -He will carry off the prize. 

Carry   through - His honesty will carry him through adversities.

Carry about - One should not carry about a lot of money.


Cast about for - I have been casting about for a suitable job for my brother.

Cast away - He cast away the pen. 

Cast away - He cast away their proposal. 

Cast down - He was cast down by his failure. 

Cast off - I have cast off my old shoes.

Cast out - If he comes to me for help, I will not cast him out. 

Cast into - Iron is cast into different things. 

Cast out - They cast him out from the party for his misconduct.


Come about - The quarrel came about for land.

Come across - I came across him in the college.

Come by - The beggar came by a purse of gold on the way.

Come off - The marriage ceremony of my sister comes off today.

Come round - The patient will come round soon.

Come upon - The enemies came upon him from behind.

Come upon - I came upon him in the college.

Come out -The results of the S. S.*C. Examination will come out very soon.

Come over - A change came over him after his father's death. 

Come over - Our opponent party has come over our side. 

Come on - The rain came on.

Come to - The fees realised today came to taka 20000. 

Come to - The fainted boy came to sense. 

Come up to - My result did not come up to my expectation. 

Come to - They could not come to a conclusion over the problem. 

Come after - They young boys came after the thief. 

Come along - Come along, it is getting late. 

Come away - The handle of the axe came away. 

Come at - He came at with sharp knife. 

Come down - The roof came down suddenly.

Come down -The price has come down. 

Come forward - None came forward to help the wounded man.


Cut down - Jerry cut down the tree with an axe.

Cut down - I shall cut down my expenses.

Cut off - He is cut off from his family.

Cut off - He was cut off by cholera.

Cut off -Delia cut off her hair.

Cut off - Sometimes villages are cut off from the cities for natural calamities.

Cut out - I shall cut out coffee for the next two weeks. 

Cut out - I shall cut him out in the competition. 

Cut into - Cut the mango into two pieces. 

Cut in - He cut in the middle of our talk. 

Cut up - I was cut up by his remark. 

Cut up - The maid cut up the meat.


Die of (a disease) – Selim died of diarrhoea. 

Die by (an accident) – Jibananda died by a road accident. 

Die for (the country) – Rafiq died for our mother tongue.

Die from (overeating) – Greedy people die from overeating.

Die in (sleep) – Hamlet dies in sleep.

Die away (disappear) – The sound died away in the distance.


 Do away with - Dowry system should be done away with.

Do for - I am done for my wrong decision. 

Do for - This pen will do for a pencil. 

Do into - Do the English passage into Bengali. 

Do off - Do off your shirt. 

Do on - Do on your shirt.

Do without - We cannot do without paper a single day. 

Do up with - I am done up with the journey.

Do with - A politician has to do with all sorts of people.


Draw away - The noise has drawn away his attention from reading. 

Draw aside - The lady drew the waiter' aside for a secret news.

Draw up - He drew up a petition.

Draw up - The forces were drawn up.

Draw to - The teacher drew to the boy because of his merit.

Draw on - Our examination is drawing on.

Draw back - A man of word cannot draw back from his word.

Draw off - The enemy drew off.

Draw out - The leader drew out his speech.

Draw out - The dentist drew out the aching teeth.

Draw out - His miseries drew out others attention.


Fall away - My friends fell away in my danger.

Fall off - The member of students has fallen off.

Fall back - At last the enemy fell back.

Fall back upon - The poor man has none to fall back upon in his old days.

Fall upon -The tiger fell upon the lamb.

Fall out - They fell out over a trifle matter.

Fall through - The project fell through for lack of proper care.

Fall to - He feel to eating.

Fall in with - I cannot fall in with your proposal.

Fall in with - I fell in with one of my school friends in the coach.

Fall on - He fell on me without any reason.

Fall in - The roof of the house fell in.


Get at - He could not get at his goal. 

Get into - We got into a second-class compartment. 

Get into - He got into trouble. 

Get to - We got to the meeting in time. 

Get off - We all got off from the bus. 

Get off - The thief got off with the goods.

Get about - The news of his failure got about. 

Get above - I have got above my danger. 

Get ahead - He got ahead in his business. 

Get over - He tried to get over his initial difficulties. 

Get through - I got through the book. 

Get through - Get through the work in a week. 

Get on -I get up early in the morning. 

Get up -The get up of the book is fine. 

Get beyond - The boy got beyond the depth and was drowned.

Get away - The diver got away before our eyes. 

Get out - Don't get out in the rain. 

Get out - The secret will get out one day. 

Get by - I cannot get by my family with such a small salary. 

Get down - Get down what I say. 

Get down to - Let us get down to our job. 

Get in - When does the train get in?

Get in - The rain can get in the room through the broken pain.


Go about - He is too week to go about.

Go about -Go about your business.

Go about - A rumour goes about that he will resign.

Go abroad - He will go abroad.

Go after - The tiger went after the deer.

Go against - I cannot go against my boss.

Go ahead - I cannot go ahead with my studies for poverty.

Go aside - We should not go aside from the right path.

Go at - The mob went at the barricade and remove it.

Go at - They go at one another at the slightest fury.

Go away - They go away at one another at the slightest fury.

Go away - He has gone away from the country forever.

Go back upon/from - A true Muslim cannot go back upon/from his word.

Go beyond -The teacher went beyond his discussion and the students failed to understand him. 

The little girl went beyond her depth and was drowned.

Go by - He goes by a nick name here.

Go by - Students should go by the advice of their superiors.

Go by - Golden days of childhood are gone by.

Go down - The sun has gone down.

Go down - The independence' of Bengal went down in the Battle of Palasy.

Go down - The price of rice has gone down. 

Go for -Dr. Shahidullah goes in our country for a vast scholar. 

Go for - He went for a doctor.

Go forth - A rumour went forth that he has left the country. 

Go in for - The public will go in for the abolition of autocracy. 

Go off - The function went off in a decent way. 

Go off - The revolver went off suddenly. 

Go on - I am going on well with my studies. 

Go out - Do not go out in the rain. 

Go out - The candle went out.

Go over - The leader went over to his opponent. 

Go over - He went over the accounts.

Go through - The old sailor went through untold sufferings. 

Go through - I went through the book. 

Go through - The verdict was gone through by all the members.

Go up - The price of rice has gone up.

Go upon - An immoral man does not go upon any morality.

Go with - I cannot go with you on this point.

Go without - Sometime the poor go without food.


Grow up -The boy will be a great leader when he will grow up. 

Grow to - Well educated man grows to name and fame.


 Hand down - The belief in ghosts has been handed down from the past.

Hand in - The leader handed in his resignation. 

Hand on - Hand on the package to my brother.

Hand over - The peon handed over the letter to him.


Hang down -The student hung down his head with shame.

Hang upon - The supporters hung upon their leader's speech.

Hang up - He hung up the picture in his reading room.

Hang over - The decision was hung over.

Hang about - A suspicious mind always hangs about.

Hang back - I cannot hang back from my decision.

Hang on - An active man does not like to hang on others for his livelihood. 

Hang on - Please, hang on some minutes.

Hang on - He hang on the rope.


Hold back - He tried to hold back the secret from me. 

Hold by - None held by me in my danger. 

Hold in -He failed to hold in his temper. 

Hold off - A good boy holds off from bad boys. 

Hold on - An honest man holds on his principles. 

Hold out - He did not hold out his hands to me. 

Hold out - The enemy held out for many days. 

Hold out - This tank does not hold out much water. 

Hold over - The meeting was held over. 

Hold to - I shall hold to my plan.

Hold together - They two friends held together for many days. 

Hold up - He failed to hold up his spirits to the last. 

Hold up - All communication was held up for a few days. 

Hold with - I cannot hold with you on this point.


Keep away/off -A good boy keeps himself away from evil company.

Keep at/to - He could not keep at his principle.

Keep back - Do not keep back anything from me.

Keep down - He kept down his anger.

Keep from - He keeps from, evil company.

Keep in - One should keep in at the time of biting cold.

Keep on - I am keeping on well with my studies.

Keep up - The boy kept up the honour of his family.

Keep up with - I cannot keep up with my friends.


Knock down - The truck knocked down the passer-by. 

Knock off - We should not knock off anything. 

Knock out -He knocked out his opponent in one round. 

Knock up - My mother knocked me up at 6 am.


Lay about - The wrestler began to lay about his rival.

Lay aside - We should lay aside something for rainy days. 

Lay by - We should lay something for rainy days.

Lay down - May soldiers laid down their lives in the Independence War. 

Lay out - The minister laid out the foundation of the school.

Lay up - He is laid up with dysentery.


Look about for/Look for - I am looking for a good job.

Look after - I look after my parents.

Look down upon - The poor are generally looked down upon.

Look forward - I look forward to receiving your answer.

Look into - The chairman looked into the matter.

Look in - I shall look in when I pass by your house.

Look on/upon - I look upon him as my brother.

Look out - Delia looked out of the window.

Look out for - I am looking out for a good job.

Look over/through - The examiner looked over the scripts.

Look to - Look to your own business, x

Look up - Look up the word in the dictionary.

Look up to - He looks up to his elders.


Make after -The dog made after the thief.

Make away with - He made away with his life by gambling.

Make for - The ship is made for Jeddah.

Make of - The ring is made of pure gold.

Make off with - The pick pocket made off with my money bag.

Make over - He made over the charge of Headmaster tome.

Make up - I made up my mind to go abroad.


Pass away - The patient passed away at night.

Pass by - The judge passed by his fault.

Pass for -He is passed for an honest man in the office.

Pass off - The density of fog passed off

with the sun rising.

Pass on - Let us pass on to another subject. 

Pass over - My claim was passed over.

Pass through - I passed through much bitter experience in my life.


Pick at - Don't pick at others.

Pick off - The police picked off the thief.

Pick out - The man failed to pick out his son from the mammoth.


Pick up - Where does he pick up French? 

Pick up - He picked up a ticket. 

Pick up - Share prices have picked up. 

Pick up -The train picked up speed and began to run fast. 

Pick up - He picked me up on his way to office. 

Pick up with - Where did you pick up with the mad man? 

Pick up - The police picked up the gang of robbers.


Pull at - The workers are pulling at the heavy engine. 

Pull down - They pulled down the old complex. 

Pull down - He appears to be much pulled down. 

Pull in - They think that he pulls in a lot of money.

Pull in - The police pulled in the boy for interrogation. 

Pull in - The train pulled in on time. 

Pull in - The friendly match pulled in many spectators.