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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 8:52:01 AM

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I know there are many books of English phrasal books, and I'd like these kind of book:

1. A book which teaches regular verbs vs phrasal verbs at the same time to show how to extend English expression.
ex) 'to review' and 'to brush up on', 'to choose and to pick up'... etc.

2. A book which teaches such as: 'to pee' and 'have a pee', 'to cut' and 'make a cut'...etc.

I have some phrasal books, but they don't focus on teaching two ways to say the same meaning or their subtle differences like regular verbs and alternative phrasal verbs. They just teach me useful phrasal verbs in daily life, their meanings and example sentences for them.

Thank you!
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:40:00 PM
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Unfortunately that's one of the differences between book-learning and interactive (classroom) learning.And it sucks, doesn't it?

And also 'unfortunately' you'll search high and low for a text-book with the verb 'to pee' in it! I kmow of none off-hand that commits to teaching the kind of English which students are going to hear spoken all around them from the moment they step off the 'plane! Or who have to interact - through work or business - with English-speaking foreigners.

I understand the concept you're after - but I cannot think of any publisher who's printed one. Lists and comparisons like these are to be found WITHIN many books, but are not part of the title, so it's difficult to find out which books to look for.

The best I could offer is to trawl around some of the SPOKEN sources, i.e. English lessons online, such as BBC Learning English, if they are centred around any phrasal verbs. You'll be able to pick up some of these kinds of things from those, perhaps.

It's an emminently sensible suggestion though - perhaps other posters will come up with a more definitive answer
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