Hey! This is Emma from mmmEnglish!
In this lesson, you're going to learn six phrasal verbs using the verb 'pick'.
Now, you know all about phrasal verbs by now, don't you?
You probably can't stand them!
But the truth is, you need to understand them and you need to recognise them when you see them and hear them.
And of course, you need to learn how to use them!
They are just so commonly used in English.
I'm always surprised by how many times I hear them in conversation or how many times I read them when I'm looking through a blog post.
They're everywhere! But they are frustrating to learn!
The same phrasal verb can have different meanings and rules that you need to understand and they're not always the same.
Some phrasal verbs are really common, others, not so much.
But don't worry we're going to go over some of the common phrasal verbs using the verb, 'pick'.
Let's dive in!
Phrasal verbs are made up of a verb and either a preposition or an adverb like 'pick at'.
Now, this is a phrasal verb that is transitive and inseparable.
动词词组是由动词和介词或者是副词组成的，比如说“pick at”（吃得很少，挑食） 。
If you're not sure what that means, I've made a whole other video about it right here.
But this phrasal verb is inseparable because the words can't be separated.
They need to stay together at all times.
And it's transitive because it doesn't make any sense on its own.
You can't just pick at. Pick at what?
你不能只是“pick at” 。“Pick at”什么东西？
【pick it up pick】You need to pick at something like food.
Children often pick at their food!
Or someone who's distracted or disappointed, annoyed or upset, usually they pick at their food when they're eating.
You've done this before!
When you only eat a small amount because you're not really interested in it so you just push the food around your plate.
Awful! He hardly made eye contact at all and he just picked at his dinner all night.
I don't think I'll see him again.
To 'pick at' can also mean to touch something many times in an annoying way.
“Pick at”还有个意思就是摸某个东西很多很多次，而这种方式很令人讨厌 。
It's often used with sores. To 'pick off'.
一般是和疮疡一起使用的 。“Pick off”
Now, this means to remove.
This phrasal verb is separable, the words can be separated.
Order whatever pizza you want, I'll just pick the mushrooms off!
Or, I'll just pick off the mushrooms.
'Pick on'. Now, this phrasal verb is not the opposite of 'pick off' and that's one of the annoying things about English phrasal verbs, they're not always logical.
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