a) I asked him a question.b) I got up at lunchtime.c) I was a bit late for the meeting, but I think I got away with it.
Yes. The verb that's made up of three words.
The verb get away with has three parts: the verb (get), an adverb (away) and a preposition (with). Get away with means that either no one noticed that the speaker was late or that he or she didn't get into trouble for being late.
It can be difficult to work out the meaning of multi-word verbs. Here's a tip from Spotlight language expert Robert Parr:
The best place to learn about three-word verbs is in a good monolingual dictionary. In the Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary, for example, three-word verbs are listed under the headword (verb) in a special section marked PHR V:PHR V check up on sb. — to make sure that somebody is doing what they should be doingThe abbreviation sb. (= somebody) comes after on to show that "on" is followed by a direct object.
Now get to know some common three-word verbs in our exercise on the next page.
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