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The Deficiency of Using English Phrasal Verbs Correctly by Sixth –Year Preparatory School Students in Basra

Shurooq Hameed Talib,

Department of English, General Directorate of Education in Basrah, Basrah, Iraq

This study delves into a significant aspect of English that poses considerable challenges for language learners: the utilization of Phrasal Verbs. Its primary objective is to demonstrate the limitations and complications associated with comprehending and utilizing phrasal verbs (both in grammatical structure and verbal identification) for individuals at the preparatory level of learning English as a foreign language. To accomplish this aim, the study initially provides a succinct overview of this linguistic component and its usage. Subsequently, it identifies the various subtypes and complexities of this component, while also highlighting the variances between phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs. The practical component of the study is then conducted to identify the most prominent difficulty encountered by students during the process of learning English. Ultimately, the study concludes with a summary of the reasons why learners face obstacles in using phrasal verbs and offers recommendations to mitigate these challenges. It is important to acknowledge that comprehensively analyzing phrasal verbs would require a separate thesis; hence this study is restricted to addressing the primary characteristic of this domain.

Keywords: Phrasal Verbs, Prepositional Verbs, Iraqi EFL Learners, Grammatical Structure, Verbal Identification

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Ninth International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature (WWW.LLLD.IR), 1-2 February 2024, Ahwaz.