5 phrasal verbs and how to avoid them

Avoid phrasal verbs: why + how

business english technical english May 31, 2021

This is your reminder that you DON'T need to know all the phrasal verbs (i.e., multi-word verbs) that are out there! ⁠

In fact, if you are using English to communicate with other non-native speakers {Business English and/or Technical English} you should avoid them at all. See, how I said 'avoid' instead of 'stay clear of them'?⁠

Why, though?

Because to non-native English speakers, phrasal verbs can be super confusing! You know, phrases as 'to look after' or 'to look up'. Or 'to turn on', 'to turn off', 'to turn up', 'to turn down'. And there's one thing you don't want to be in Business and Technical English, and that's confusing. You want to communicate very, very clear.⁠

How often have you struggled with thinking you had to use them to sound more 'natural' (whatever that means). Guess what? Don't—just don't.⁠

Instead, use these verbs:⁠
🔸 to turn on - start/activate⁠
🔸 to turn off - stop⁠
🔸 to turn up - increase⁠
🔸 to turn down - decrease⁠
🔸 to turn over - rotate⁠

If you're looking for more language advice {from engineer to engineer}, book a free call with me.⁠