single verb made up of multiple words? For some, compound verbs, or phrasal verbs, are the bane of English: they complicate understanding, have various meanings and collocate with different words. Another view is that they are interesting and worth a review, if not for their meanings then for the intriguing complexity they add to the language. We tend to take the second view.
Here are some compound verbs that start with the letter A. To add to their complexity, they can have more than one meaning.
To follow someone’s advice
Example: I acted on my adviser’s recommendation to sell those stocks, but I lost money.
To not work properly or to behave badly
Example: That child acts up when his parents leave him with a babysitter.
To be held responsible for something or to blame for
Example: He had a lot to answer for after his bad behaviour.
To regard as the equivalent to something else
Example: The Kennedys were America’s answer to Europe’s royalty.
To be called
Example: He answered to the name of William but not Bill.
To reach a result or decision
Example: I arrived at that conclusion after I spoke with all the people involved in the incident.
To enquire about someone
Example: John asked after you at the dinner last night.
To invite to go on a date
Example: It took him weeks to finally ask me out.
To invite someone to your house
Example: She asked him over after they went to the movies.
To deal with someone or something
Example: Can you attend to the baby? He’s crying.