I received the following email from the USA, with a new example of a Spanish phrasal verb:
I wanted to let you know that I really like the blog that you've started. Is it true that there are people who insist that there are no phrasal verbs in Spanish? I can't imagine that anyone could claim that, considering the importance of prepositions in the language and the fact that they can be used to completely change the meaning of a verb rather than merely direct the verb's main definition. Anyway, I was a bit surprised that "llevar a cabo" (to carry out) has not found a place in your blog yet. I find it to be a wonderful example of a phrasal verb whose translation is also one.
Yes, Joshua, there are people who say there is no such thing as a phrasal verb, or anything similar, in the Spanish language. But any day now I expect the RAE will succumb to the might of those of us on this blog and join us in spreading the word that, unlike Santa Claus and Los Reyes Magos, Spanish Phrasal Verbs really do exist.
Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. The original verb is combined with one or more particles (typically a preposition or an adverb) to change its meaning. Some text books call these by other names, such as multi-word verbs or multi-part verbs. Well, to my ears something similar exists in Spanish! Help me to list examples here. To do so, leave a comment or email me email@example.com.