Remember that some prepositions cannot be separated because they are required by certain verbs for a specific meaning. If these words were to be separated, it would change the idiomatic meaning of the phrase.
1. Although Jason has been very ill this year and has missed a lot of school, he does not want to drop out of school.
** For this sentence to keep its idiomatic meaning, to quit school, the phrase cannot be separated.
The following chart is a brief list of transitive, inseparable phrases and several of their meanings. By no means is this a complete list.
|back out of||to desert, fail to keep a promise, to move out of something backwards|
|come across||find accidentally, to be perceived as a particular type of person by other people|
|drop out of||to resign from or cease being a member of something, to let someone or something fall out of out something|
|see to||arrange, supervise, to tend to or care for someone or something|
|stand up for||support, demand|
|take after||to behave in the same way as someone else, resemble|
|talk back to||answer impolitely|
|turn into||become, to change into someone or something|
|wait up||to slow down and pause for someone or something to catch up, to delay going to bed while waiting for someone or something|
|watch out for||be careful for, to keep looking for someone or something|
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