Phrasal Verbs – Separable or Inseparable?

Sometimes we can separate phrasal verbs, for example:

“I turned on the computer.”

“I turned the computer on.”

We can put the object (the computer) after the verb (“I turned on the computer.”) or we can place the object in the middle of the verb, between the verb stem and particle (“I turned the computer on.”). This makes no diffrence to the meaning or register.

However, if we have a separable phrasal verb and we use a pronoun instead of a noun (for example “it” instead of “the computer”; Then we have to put the object in the middle (“I turned it on.”), we cannot put the pronoun after the particle.

“I turned it on.”

“I turned on it.”

Phrasal verbs without objects.

Separable Phrasal Verbs

Inseparable Phrasal Verbs.