Learn frequently used phrasal verbs with BE in English with meaning and examples.
List of 27 common phrasal verbs with BE in English.
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- 1 Be above
- 2 Be above
- 3 Be along
- 4 Be around
- 5 Be around
- 6 Be cut out for
- 7 Be down
- 8 Be down to
- 9 Be down on
- 10 Be down with
- 11 Be fed up
- 12 Be in for
- 13 Be in for
- 14 Be in on
- 15 Be on about
- 16 Be on to
- 17 Be out for
- 18 Be there for
- 19 Be snowed under
- 20 Be taken aback
- 21 Be taken with
- 22 Be up for
- 23 Be up to
- 24 Be with
- 25 Be with
- 26 Be with
- 27 Be with
- Meaning: Be too good, classy or mature to do something; to disdain
- Example: I thought you said you were above these kinds of antics.
- Meaning: Outrank
- Example: General Smith is above Private Johnson.
- Meaning: Arrive
- Example: I expect John will be along soon.
- Meaning: Be alive, existent, or present
- Example: I’ll be around for another hour or so.
- Meaning: Be near; to socialize with
- Example: You’re fun to be around.
Be cut out for
- Meaning: Be suitable, have the necessary qualities
- Example: He‘s not cut out for teaching.
- Meaning: Be depressed
- Example: I got some bad news this morning, so I‘m a bit down at the moment.
Be down to
- Meaning: Be reduced or less
- Example: Because of the big sale, the price of these shirts is now down to four dollars.
Be down on
- Meaning: Have negative feelings toward someone
- Example: I don’t know why you‘re so down on Tom.
Be down with
- Meaning: Be ill
- Example: I think you are down with the flu.
Be fed up
- Meaning: Be bored, upset or sick of something
- Example: I‘m fed up with my job.
Be in for
- Meaning: Be able to expect or anticipate, generally said of something unpleasant
- Example: The weather forecast says we are in for three feet of snow over the next week.
Be in for
- Meaning: Be incarcerated for
- Example: My cousin is in for armed robbery.
Useful phrasal verbs with BE.
Be in on
- Meaning: Be a party to a secret shared by a small group of people
- Example: He smiled a little to himself, as he was in on the plan.
Be on about
- Meaning: Talk about; mean, intend
- Example: I had no idea what on earth you were on about when you started using those scientific terms. I was totally confused.
Be on to
- Meaning: Figure out; to realize the truth
- Example: I was planning it as a surprise, but I think he is on to me.
Be out for
- Meaning: Seek or pursue, especially to determinedly pursue something to one’s own benefit
- Example: He‘s out for all he can get.
Be there for
- Meaning: Be available to provide comfort and support for someone, especially in a period of difficulty
- Example: She knows that I’ll always be there for her.
Be snowed under
- Meaning: Have too much work
- Example: I’d love to go out to dinner tonight, but I‘m totally snowed under at the office right now.
Be taken aback
- Meaning: Be shocked or surprised
- Example: I was taken aback when we weren’t receiving our bonuses this year.
Be taken with
- Meaning: Like something or someone very much
- Example: I could tell he was quite taken with my daughter.
Be up for
- Meaning: To want to do something
- Example: We’re going clubbing tonight if you‘re up for it.
Be up to
- Meaning: Do or be involved in doing
- Example: I saw you hiding in the bushes yesterday. What were you up to?
- Meaning: Have sex with
- Example: We dated for almost a year, but I’ve never been with him.
- Meaning: Date or be boyfriend/girlfriend with
- Example: I’ve been with her for almost a year now.
- Meaning: Agree with someone
- Example: I’m sorry; I’m not with you on this point.
- Meaning: Understand someone’s point or intention
- Example: I came in here disagreeing, but I’ve changed my mind, and now I’m with you on this.