Expressions: "She always gets the rules around."

Hi

I have taken the following sentences from an English website. Would a native speaker find the following sentences incorrect or unnatural?

Thanks,

Tom

Sorry, here is the website.

owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/630/01/

PS: Is the discussion regarding Separable Phrasal Verbs, Inseparable Phrasal Verbs
Intransitive Phrasal Verbs
reliable?

Thanks again,

Tom

Hi Tom,

I would say it makes sense most of the time but I would say: She gets round the rules. Likewise you would say: I caught on to what you said.

What they don’t discuss is the difference between a phrasal verb and a prepositional verb. The phrasal verb is essentially idiomatic and I have given lots of examples on this site under ‘English Lessons’ where you can say that a verb takes on an idiomatic meaning when associated with a preposition or particle. The prepositional verb is when a verb is followed by a preposition and the noun/object following is really the object of that preposition or those prepositions. Take this: I cannot account for the mistake/You have to face up to the truth.

Alan

Yes to both, Tom: they are unnatural and incorrect.

Correct:

  • get around (something) *
  • catch on (to something)
    .
    .
    *(Note: We use ‘around’ in this expression in AmE. BE apparently uses ‘round’.)
    .