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Thank you, Apple/MT, for your very kind words. I am thrilled that you have returned to the Grammar Exchange, and I know that Gustavo will be, too.

tara posted:
Which dictionary is better?

Hi, Tara: I recently acquired (for teaching purposes) The Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and I think it's pretty good, not that I ever really need to look at it. Phrasal verbs come so naturally for native speakers that it is hard for us to avoid using them!

The book-length studies of phrasal verbs that I have in my library are a bit expensive, but they are excellent. I haven't yet read either one in its entirety, but I do consult them from time to time. One is Dwight Bolinger's The Phrasal Verb in English, and the other is Elizabeth O'Dowd's Prepositions and Particles in English.

One teaching technique that I've found to be effective in private tutoring sessions is to have my tutee identify the phrasal verbs in a short story containing a lot of them and then use those phrasal verbs in original sentences of his or her own, based on his or her understanding of the meaning of each.

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