Phrasal Verbs in OET Writing Sub Test

Most of the candidates want to know whether they can use phrasal verbs in OET writing sub-test. In one simple word, yes. There is no such rule that you should not use phrasal verbs. 

Phrasal verbs form an essential part of the language and natural English conversation is empty without them. At the workplace, in medical communications, it is common to make use of such phrases. 

What are phrasal verbs?

These are the verbs that are made up of two different words. There will be a VERB and a PREPOSITION. 

For example

She got up at 9 o'clock'. 

Here, the phrasal verb that is used is Got Up (Verb + Preposition). 

It is always suggested that you should make use of the standard and more common phrasal verbs in your OET writing sub-test so that the language looks more natural and more convincing too.  

Common phrasal verbs that are used in medical communications or medical writings include the following:

Breaking down = Starting to cry. Becoming a little upset. 

Example: Her mother broke down and cried as she described the symptoms to the doctor. .

Bringing up = Coughing up material, for example coughing up mucus from the throat. 
 
Example: He was bringing up the mucus.

Coughing up = Coughing hard, expelling a substance from the trachea. 

Example: The patient started coughing up blood soon after this drug was administered.  

Dropping off = Falling asleep  

Example: The little baby drops off in front of the TV.

Getting around = Moving around

Example: She was getting around using crutches after the accident.  

Getting over = Becoming better. Coming back to good health. 

Example: Suzan got over her cold.

Giving up = Not doing something anymore. Stop doing Something. 

Example: The doctor advised him to give up smoking. 

Going down = Becoming much smaller

Example: The swelling on her knees finally started to go down.  

Knocking out = Hitting someone hard that he/she is no longer conscious 

Example: The man was knocked out by a blow to the head.

Looking after = Taking care of a person

Example: Her mother was looking after him. 

Pass out = To faint

Example: She passed out when she heard the news of her father’s accident.  

Pick up = To catch (specially, a disease)

Example: The patient must have picked up the disease when he was in London. 

Prop up = To support (for example, supporting a patient with a pillow)

Example: The nurse properly propped up the patient with pillows.

Take after = To be like parent(s)

Example: The little baby takes after her mother. 

Take off = To remove (especially, clothes)

Example: The doctor asked him to take off his shirt. 
 
Remember, you should not make use of phrasal verbs that are slang or too informal. As such informal phrasal verbs can lower down your score. 

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