In this cartoon from Cyanide and Happiness, we see the complete life story of the little man in green. It’s a sad story.
First we see him as a child; his mother is nagging him to “Get out of bed!
Next, a big, tough-looking bully pushes him, saying, “Get out of the way!”
In the third frame, he is a little older. He’s grown a “soul patch” and is carrying a skateboard. His father is angry, and says, “Get out of my house!”
Things just keep getting worse for the man in green. In the fourth frame, a police officer says, “Get out of the car!”
Next, a very angry woman (maybe his girlfriend?) screams, “Get out of my life!!”
Finally, the unhappy man sits in a bar, drinking a beer. He has noticed a pattern in his troubles, and says, “You ever feel like life kinda repeats itself over and over? “The man sitting next to him offers him some advice. If the same things keep happening, he should try some new experiences or make some new friends: “Sounds like you need to get out more.”
The green man’s life has been ruined by a phrasal verb. It is his destiny; there is no way he can get out of it.
Phrasal verbs are difficult, but hopefully they won’t ruin your life! What has helped you learn phrasal verbs? Do you have any tips for other language learners ?