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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The government set up a committee to __________ the rising rate of youth crime.

The teacher _________ bribing her students with candy to encourage them to read more books.

It's easy to make promises, but it's not quite as easy to ___________ them.

The topics of politics and religion are ___________ when making light conversation.

After procrastinating for so long, Dave couldn't _______ his homework any longer.

The president did not __________ military action as a last resort.

Anyone who invests in the stock market needs to __________ some level of risk.

Marie finally decided to _________ her plan to start her own business.

The company decided to __________ advertising expenses in order to save money.

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114 Comments on “10 Phrasal Verbs for Academic Writing in English”

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Many many thanks Adam sir

Wednesday, March 20th 2019

the best teacher from all of them ;)

Wednesday, March 20th 2019

Hi Adam, I really appreciate your efforts to improve our english skills, but phrasal verbs and idioms frowned me upon! (Is it correct?)

Thursday, March 21st 2019

    Hi Emmegi,

    Maybe you frown upon phrasal verbs, but they are part of the language :)

    Friday, April 12th 2019

thank you and i appreciate all teachers who are helping us learning English,and i will try to improve my speaking English as soon as possible,and i need your support always.

Thursday, March 21st 2019

[67] ho my god! These is so hard phrasal verbs. :(

Thursday, March 21st 2019

    Keep working at it Rodolfo ;)

    Friday, April 12th 2019

oh sorry one more miss previous time was

Thursday, March 21st 2019

oh sorry these phrasal verbs so hard,one time previous i did 54. and now 44,will succeed,

Thursday, March 21st 2019

    Keep trying Mohamed. It’ll come ;)

    Friday, April 12th 2019

Thank you, teacher…..!!!

Thursday, March 21st 2019

Thank you Adam,
excellent lesson !

Thursday, March 21st 2019

Hi teacher Adam! I dont understand about follow through on and carry out if both of them means to do something, to complete something…
those are the same?
(the quiz number 3…I did it wrong)

Thursday, March 21st 2019

    Hi Kenia,

    They are similar, bit sometimes you need to be careful about word placement. You can carry them out, but you can’t carry out them.

    Does this help?

    Friday, April 12th 2019

      Yes! Thank you so much, Adam! I really like your classes. You’re a great teacher! :)

      Monday, April 15th 2019

      Hi teacher/
      A great thank to You from the Roof of the world)))
      Do You have a lesson for elementary level?

      Sunday, February 2nd 2020

got 78.

Thursday, March 21st 2019


Thanks for the informative lesson Adam
How can I remember these phrasal verbs?
Also I hope if you mentioned some of informal phrasal verbs to avoid using it in IELTS

Friday, March 22nd 2019

    Hi Jalmod,

    The best way is to read a lot and keep a notebook of these terms and review it often.

    There are many informal ones to avoid, but I’ll try to make a video about some of these.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

      You’re the best teacher on engVid, do you know that?

      Friday, April 12th 2019

thank you so much for all your help this class help a lot

Friday, March 22nd 2019

I got 56/90, the lesson is quite difficult, some question i don’t get it special account for, I will more attemp in next time, anyway thank Adam

Friday, March 22nd 2019

    Keep trying Nguyen. It will get easier :)

    Friday, April 12th 2019

Thank you!!

Friday, March 22nd 2019

I got 9/9

Friday, March 22nd 2019

100/100 I’m so happy !

Friday, March 22nd 2019

Thank u Adam

Friday, March 22nd 2019

So helpful! Many thanks, Adam!

Saturday, March 23rd 2019

Thank you sir. I want know the order of words in sentence like time,date, place, event etc

Example: There will be a meeting at 11am on 31.03.2019 at hotel in Mumbai

Saturday, March 23rd 2019

    Hi Nageswara,

    Generally, go from small to big. Time or place can be changed in order.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

I got 5/9. Thank you very much Adam for the useful lesson. Can I use ” take into account” or “take into consideration” instead of account for?

Sunday, March 24th 2019

    Hi Kemiuj,

    Yes, you can:

    When packing clothes for a trip overseas it is important to take the weather into consideration.

    It is important to account for the weather when packing clothes for a trip overseas

    The second one seems a little overly formal for the situation though.

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

      Thank you very much Adam for your reply.

      Saturday, April 13th 2019

Thank you so much Adam!!!

Sunday, March 24th 2019

Hi, there seems to be a mistake in the last sentence of the text, just above the video.

The sentence goes like this:
And if you are taking the IELTS or the TOEFL, then these will be certainly help you get a better score in the writing section of those exams.

Shouldn’t it be either ‘… these will certainly help you…’ or ‘… these will be certainly helping you…’?

Thanks for correcting me if I’m wrong. :)

Monday, March 25th 2019

    Hi LRN,

    I don’t do the transcripts, but yes, it is wrong if that’s what it says. It should be
    “…then these will certainly help you get a better score…” or “…then these will certainly be helpful in getting you a better score…”

    Good eye, by the way.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

      Thank you, and have a nice weekend sir!

      Friday, April 12th 2019

thank you mister Adam it was a nice lesson i just like it

Monday, March 25th 2019

very good but I didn’t anderastand cut back on

Monday, March 25th 2019

    Hi Ehabali,

    To cut back on means to do less, to reduce.

    Cut back on sugar means consume less sugar.

    Does this help?

    Friday, April 12th 2019

It has been made easy so that i achieved 100% marks.Adam, you are a very skilled teacher. i thank you.

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

i am new to these lessons . please guide me how i go to the next lesson. i expected it to come my way automatically. thanks Adam.

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

    Welcome Zafarimalik :)

    If you subscribe to the channel and choose notifications you will know when a new video comes out.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

      dear Adam, I wanted to subscribe and click notifications . the procedure was so complicated for me at age 77 that i gave up, but i enjoy and find your lessons useful; therefore, i am not going to give up learning.
      thanks for your guidance.

      Saturday, April 13th 2019

Very cool…

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

interesting lesson, Tks

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Hi Adam! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
I have a question for you.
Is there any difference in meaning between:
1. WHO did you give your book TO? and WHOM did you give your book?
2. WHO did you buy that book FOR? and WHOM did you buy that book?
3. WHO did you talk WITH? and WHOM did you talk?

Wednesday, March 27th 2019

    after watching ur questions,i have the same ones.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

    Hi Bexter,

    All the questions with WHOM need the preposition.

    Technically, all of them should use WHOM, though most people don’t do this, even native speakers.

    1. To WHOM did you give your book? — You is the subject. WHOM is the object of give.

    For whom…
    With whom…

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

You’ve gotten my esteem!. Thanks so much Adam!.
You’re awesome man!.

Friday, March 29th 2019

I’ve learned a lot in this class, I cannot really do without of english study.

Friday, March 29th 2019

very useful thank you

Monday, April 1st 2019

Congrats, very nice class

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

Thank you Adam I need more practice

Friday, April 5th 2019

I study English for more than 12 years , and till now I do not know speaking in English !!!
what should I do Adam ?

Sunday, April 7th 2019

    Hi Tabarak,

    Studying is not enough. You need to find people to practice with. Maybe join a class or find a group in your area that wants to improve their English.

    Good luck.

    Friday, April 12th 2019

Very useful!!

Sunday, April 7th 2019

could you explain how to use verb and modifiers correctly or either any -one please once more for SAT

Monday, April 8th 2019

    Hi Humaid,

    Not really sure what you mean here. There are many verb and modifier combinations.
    Which part of the SAT?

    Friday, April 12th 2019

Great! Thank you very much, Adam!

Wednesday, April 10th 2019

Thanks everyone :)

Friday, April 12th 2019

Interesting and useful. Thank you Adam!

Sunday, April 14th 2019

89. Thanks Adam.

Sunday, April 14th 2019

    Hi Merelyblink,

    I’d recommend a good linguistics book to answer these types of questions. You can also look for Fowler’s Modern English. It’s a classic. It might help.

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

Thank you very much teacher, those phrasal verbs are really helpful, I’ll keep using them in my essays.

Thursday, April 18th 2019

Hi Adam,
Can we use “revolve around” in a sentence in the integrated task of TOEFL like this: The reading and the lecture both “revolve around”… instead of saying: The reading and the lecture both are about …
I want to know if it is informal or not.

Friday, April 19th 2019

    Hi Tina,

    Yes, that is a good expression and certainly formal enough :)

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

You are my favorite teacher here, thanks for your detailed explanations on every word. I plan to go to Canada sometime, is there any chance for me to meet you and buy you a drink? LOL

Saturday, April 20th 2019

    :) Thanks Zenham.

    I actually live in S. Korea now.

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

I am preparing for bank exams in India
Sir i want to improve vocubulary and phrasal verbs and idioms

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

    Hi Rama,

    Read a lot and keep a notebook for new vocab. Also, there are lots of online videos for vocab. Do a good search on this site and Youtube. You can also visit my other channel: youtube.com/writetotop where I do some vocab lessons.

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

Can I look into the problem to find out the solution and carry out a plan so we can follow through it?

Friday, April 26th 2019

    Almost, KasiaJaa.

    You can look at the problem to try to find solutions. Then, you can make a plan, carry it out, and hopefully follow through to your goal.

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

      Thank you.

      Monday, May 6th 2019

Hi Adam, love your teachings. I looked up for the phrasal verb – ‘account for’ in many dictionaries, but it seemed it doesn’t have the meaning of ‘consideration’. Only to find the meaning of explanation, proportion, responsibility, and destroy. Could you explain this to me? Moreover, please correct the grammar and fluency of this comment. Much obliged!

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

    Hi Jeff,

    The four meanings you mention are correct, but keep in mind it all has to do with context.

    NASA engineers need to account for the weather on a launch day when calculating their numbers.

    It turns out this may be just an American usage:

    Hope this helps.

    Sunday, May 26th 2019

Hi Teacher, I can’t thank you enough for this helpful lesson. One question if you don’t mind, I think two answers of for is acceptable for question 2. Answer 1 and 4. Could you please share your comments about this.

Saturday, May 25th 2019

    Hi L@tif,

    The teacher accounted for something means gave as reason, but this is done after the fact, not before. The teacher wanted to make students read more, so he/she used candy as a bribe. Otherwise it would look like this:
    The teacher’s bribes accounted for her student’s rising interest in reading. (though ot a great sentence)
    Does this help?

    Sunday, May 26th 2019

I appreciate your help.

Monday, May 27th 2019

Hi sir,
I’m new here.
and at the first attempt that I did on the quiz I got 56, but after I read all phrasal verbs carefully in second time I got 89.
Sir I will set in the TOEFL exam in November.

Please guide me sir I have to level up my English skills in four sections: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Thanks and best wishes for You dear Adam

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Thank you, Adam, for your help it is helpful taking this lesson and quizes

Monday, June 3rd 2019

Thank you Adam.

Thursday, June 27th 2019

Many Thanks.

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

I definetely can say that I understand what you say completely. We are on same channel sir. Thank you for your great efforts to teach us english.

Thursday, July 25th 2019

thanks for the great quiz

Sunday, July 28th 2019

Thank you, Adam.

Monday, August 5th 2019

Many thanks with your help.

Monday, August 19th 2019

the best teacher from all of them ;)

Thursday, August 29th 2019

Adam sir,Thanks for your lesson.It’s really helpful.

Thursday, September 5th 2019

hello ADAM,
how are you ?
hope you are in good health and perfect times
really you’re an excellent teacher

Thursday, September 5th 2019

thank you Adam!

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Hi Adam
I have my IELTS exam in couple of weeks. I have a question is there any email where I can send my writing answers so that you can tell my mistakes.

Monday, September 16th 2019

I got 78, thank you prof. Adam.

Monday, September 16th 2019

for the start, I don’t think it was that bad.

thank you!

Saturday, September 21st 2019

hurrah! Got 9 out of 9 before watching video.

Saturday, October 5th 2019

Thank you Mr. Adam.

Saturday, October 12th 2019

Got 8/9…

Monday, November 11th 2019

Excellent, thank you

Saturday, November 23rd 2019

Thank you Adam!
Just one question:

Do “Frown upon” and “Frown on” mean the same?

Thanks again!

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

got 9 out of 9, really impresses me thanks adam for taught us new vocabulaty

Tuesday, December 3rd 2019

hi adam, I enjoyed watching your tutorial,it helps a lot .thanks

Monday, December 16th 2019

Thank you sir. Adam. I am very grateful.

Saturday, January 4th 2020

Hi Adam
I appreciate your lessons in phrasal verbs and love them very much!!

Tuesday, January 14th 2020

thank you Adam you’re my favorite one

Wednesday, February 5th 2020

Hi Adam, your teaching is really practical, thank you.

Thursday, March 26th 2020

Wonderful lesson.

Wednesday, April 8th 2020

8 correct out of 9. Thanks a lot for the comprehensible and useful lesson, dear Adam. Greetings from Germany.

Tuesday, April 28th 2020

thank you for knowledgeable video ,Iam improving my English in lockdown .

Thursday, May 21st 2020

9/9! Thank you, Adam, for your straight-forward lessons. You are very easy to follow. Keep on with the good job!

Tuesday, May 26th 2020

Adam, I couldnĀ“t do without your english lessons.

Sunday, June 7th 2020

Adam, I found this lesson most difficult to know exactly. It’s because I tried to solve the given quiz but I scored 7 correct out of 9. This was my third time attempt. So I need more concentration to learn English and I was compelled to go through again. Anyway, thanks a lot for your hard working.

Friday, June 19th 2020

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