Phrasal verbs, Adverbs, Conjunctions and Prepositions


Phrasal Verbs: Verbs often combine with adverbial particles to form multi-word verbs or phrasal verbs.Its meanings cannot be determined from the meaning of the verb and the particles in isolation, rather, it has to be comprehended from the entire phrase


turn down: refuse :I turned down the offer

give in: surrender: Our team refused to give in to their opponents.

run across: meet by chance: We ran across an old friend yesterday at Aba.

call off: cancel: The workers have  called off their strike.

turn up: appear: He turned up as soon as we arrived.

put off: postpone: The election was put off till the next meeting.

come across: meet by chance: We came across Ledogo in the street.

come through: experience: He has come through a lot of hardship in life.

Phrasal verbs with double particles, and the whole combination has a single meaning e.g.put up with= tolerate ( I cannot put up with his insulting behaviour)

cut down on: reduce:  We have been advised  to cut down on  our expenses.

get away with: go free from: He cannot get away with  the crime.

look forward to: anticipate: We look forward to  your next visit.

stay away from: avoid:  You have been warned to stay away from the building.

  1. Adverbs, Conjunction and Prepositions


An adverb is a word that modifies verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.


Many adverbs are formed from adjectives. e.g certain- certainly    fortunate- fortunately, careful-carefully, quick- quickly, indoor-indoors, outdoor-outdoors

Some Adverbs showing direction end in –wards– E.g downwards, forwards, backwards,

Some adverbs expressing manner or viewpoint end in –wise– E.g clockwise, foodwise, moneywise.

Many other adverbs have no special ending–  always, early , fast, if, how, quite, often, very, when, hard, late, so, very.


ADJUNCTS: These normally tell us how, when, where, to what extent, etc, the action of the verb is performed.


  1. He came at 6 O’clock (when)
  2. She ran fast. (how?)

DISJUNCTS: These normally express an attitude or a viewpoint, often of the speaker. E.g,  Luckily She arrived

Frankly, we were in the wrong.  Ola is certainly the best. Foolishly, he fell. Other examples are honestly, seriously, strangely, undoubtedly, happily, fortunately

CONJUNCTS: These perform a connective function: they join two sentences or clauses. E.g, It was a hard task, nevertheless, we performed well.

She is hardworking, besides, she is intelligent.

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Other examples are, consequently, meanwhile, otherwise, similarly, then, alternately etc.


A conjunction is a word that joins words, or groups of words, together.


Coordinating Conjunctions: These conjunctions join words or groups of words that are of the grammatical rank. Examples are; and, or, but, E.g Joy and Jane,   In the garden and in the room, Bolu or Joy, We came but you were not around, We went and we saw him.

Correlative Conjunctions: These are conjunctions that are used in pairs. E.g either….or, not only….but also, both……and, neither…nor. E.g Both James and Jerry attended the party,                                             She is not only intelligent but also kind.

Either the teacher or the man comes here regularly.

Subordinating Conjunctions: These conjunctions introduce subordinating clauses. They include the following conjunctions: after, because, before, if, in order that, since, which, when, who, whose, that etc. Consider these:He left when she was cooking.     We cooked before they arrived.


This shows the relationship between two words in a sentence. Examples are: within, before, at , in, on , over etc.

Some prepositions go with certain words

allergic to,                    subjected to,               arrive in,                      live in,              live on,                         live at,                                     stare at,                         indict for,                      convicted of,  victim of,

down with{fever},        charge with,                 abide by{rule},            come by,         good at, abide with{a person},           kick against,                connive at,                    quick at,          bad at,

spy at,                          frown at  consist of,    confidence in,              confide in,       senior to,

junior to,                     related to,                     agree to{a plan},          in different to, part with, agree with{a person}, recoil from,                  popular with{girls},    tremble with,   die on,

differ with,                  comply with,               blame on,                     hinges on,         wait upon.


Others include:           in agreement with,     in compliance with,                 in apposition with,

because of,                   in a view of,                  in accordance with,                 for the sake of,           on account of,                    with regard to,            with reference to,                    with respect to,                 in spite of,                          by reason of,               in case of,                                 in regard to,                    by means of,                  along with,                  in consideration of,                   contrary to,

in addition wit.


Relevant Words

A library is a room or building containing books that can be looked at or borrowed.

Relevant Words:

bindery :  A Place where books are bound (or repaired)

catalogue: List of items (books) available in a collection especially in a library.

entry Card: Card on which details about a book are recorded.

shelf-guide : Instructions : especially numbers, that show which books can be found on a particular shelf

encyclopedia: A book or set of books containing facts about many different subjects or about one Particular subject.

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