Phrasal verbs

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.

Call off

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.

Call on

To call on somebody is to visit them.

  • If Mary was in town, why didn’t she call on us?

Call up

To call up somebody is to telephone them.

  • I called Susie up to see if she wanted to come with us.

Calm down

To calm somebody down is to make them relax.

  • She calmed the baby down by rocking her gently.

Care for

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?

Carry on

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.

Carry out

To carry out is to complete something.

  • If you can’t carry out my instructions, you must resign.

Carry over

If something carries over, it continues on a subsequent day or page.

  • The conference carried over into lunch time.