There are numerous phrasal verbs in English. Although they are not considered appropriate in formal writing, phrasal verbs are very common in speech. Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with C.
Call for = require
- This victory calls for a big celebration.
- This recipe calls for butter, not ghee.
To call something off is to cancel it.
- Susie has called off her wedding to Peter.
- If it rains we will have to call off the picnic.
To call off guard dogs is to order them to stop.
To call on somebody is to visit them.
- If Mary was in town, why didn’t she call on us?
To call up somebody is to telephone them.
- I called Susie up to see if she wanted to come with us.
To calm somebody down is to make them relax.
- She calmed the baby down by rocking her gently.
To care for somebody is to nurse them.
- He cared for the dog until its wounds healed.
To care for something is to like it.
- I don’t care for pasta.
- Do you care for pets?
To carry on a conversation is to continue.
- Please, carry on.
Carry on about
To carry on about is to continue in an annoying way.
- She kept carrying on about her illnesses until we all went to bed.
To carry out is to complete something.
- If you can’t carry out my instructions, you must resign.
If something carries over, it continues on a subsequent day or page.
- The conference carried over into lunch time.