Going After the Phrasal Verb: An Alternative Approach to Classification
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This article critiques past approaches to identifying phrasal verbs and proposes an alternative approach. Instead of requiring verb + particle combinations to demonstrate specific features in order to be identified as phrasal verbs, the new approach calls for researchers and teachers to consider all verb + particle combinations to be potential phrasal verbs until they can be proven otherwise. This approach clarifies the process of classifying phrasal verbs and eliminates curriculum-based problems encountered by students.
Darwin, Clayton M., and Loretta S. Gray. “Going after the Phrasal Verb: An Alternative Approach to Classification.” TESOL Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, 1999, pp. 65-83. https://doi.org/10.2307/3588191.