As already stated, phrasal verbs with be are some of the
most popular phrasal verbs in the English language.
If you want to learn phrasal verbs with be then this page can help you. Look through the list below and then do the
exercise that follows. Be sure to check your score to see how well you know these phrasal verbs with be.
After the list there is an exercise where you can check your understanding.
BE ON ABOUT = say without others really listening
"What was she on about?" "I don't know I couldn't really hear her."
BE ONTO = aware of someone's true intentions
"Let's move on. I think she's onto us. We'll never get her to sign the deed."
BE OUT = absent from home or work
"Hello, is John in?" "No, I'm sorry, he is out right now." "Would you like to leave a message?"
BE OUT OF = have none left
I can make you a coffee but, unfortunately, I am out of sugar.
BE OUT TO/FOR = attempt to get / try
Where I come from, girls are told that guys are out for only one thing.
BE SNOWED IN = isolated; unable to move because of snow
In Michigan, you can sometimes be snowed in for days on end.
BE SNOWED UNDER = large amount of work (usually unexpected)
We are really snowed under at work right now with this end of year audit.
BE TAKEN ABACK = shocked or surprised
When I visited Mexico I was really taken aback by the poverty.
BE TAKEN WITH = like, intrigued by
Many people are taken with the idea of opening a web business.
BE UP = A. awake, not sleeping B. increased or risen C. expiration
A. He was up at the crack of dawn to go trout fishing
B. The price of bread is up again this week.
C. The warranty on the computer is up. If it breaks now we'll have to pay for it.
BE UP TO = Doing sth wrong, misbehaving
What are those children up to now?
BE WITH SME = to help them
"Hold on, and I'll be with you in a minute," said the sales clerk.