Using phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs consist of a verb plus a preposition, or a short adverb acting like a preposition, that combine to create a meaning different from the usual meanings of the individual words. Most of the words that make up phrasal verbs are short and frequently used. They function like normal verbs, but because they are idiomatic, they can create special vocabulary problems for non-native writers. Phrasal verbs are more suitable or appropriate for use in informal English, though some are quite acceptable in scientific report writing.

Formal

reduce in amount

remove

calculate

postpone

abolish

conduct

Informal

cut down

cross out

work out

put off

do away with

carry out

Now, carry out the imaginary operation of inserting a thin layer of one material, arbitrarily labelled as no. 1, between the two dissimilar materials at every interface in the body.

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