Phrase name and correct usage, please.?

What part of speech is the phrase "round up?" Are both correct: Round up the cattle, vs, round the cattle up? The latter gives me chills but I don't know why. What do you call this type of phrase?

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  • 2 months ago

    {an accountant inflating the number of cattle listed on the books / tally.}

    Source(s): accountant
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  • RP
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    This is a verb, regardless of whether it is round up or round (whatever) up. It is the word or words that give an action. In this situation, round up means bring together or gather.

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  • geezer
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    2 months ago

    ''Round up'' is a phrasal verb .. it's what you are doing.

    ''Round'' is the verb .. ''up'' is a preposition.

    So you can seperate them ..  ''Round up the cattle'' or ''Round the cattle up''

    and it still means the same thing.

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  • 2 months ago

    Phrasal verbs are abused by us all.  If the idiomatic meaning is unique when the preposition is present, then it ought not to be separated from the verb (this is what you realize and why some phrasing seems wrong to you).  Put the ladder up on the hooks is not the same as put up with (tolerate) someone's bad behavior. 

    The question is whether round up is truly idiomatic (and thus inseparable without losing the idiomatic meaning). You can say round together and mean exactly the same thing as round up, so for me, the up is not a fixed part of the verb.  It is an optional preposition, so it is not a true phrasal verb.  Even round without the up means basically the same thing, to encircle and in so doing gather.  Round the cattle into the pen, round up the cattle for the drive, round the cattle together, all pretty much mean the same thing with the only difference being the optional preposition.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is a verb and is often used in US as a single word roundup. As two words it is a phrase acting as a verb (comprising a verb and preposition). Can also be a noun - the act or result of rounding up, and would normally be hyphentated. 

    As Renault famously says in Casablanca: Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects. Why this is preferred is the (mistaken) rule that you should not use a preposition to end a sentence with.

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  • 2 months ago

    You call it a separable phrasal verb.  Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and a preposition or particle, and the direct object can correctly separate the phrase.  Some phrasal verbs are not separable.

    • Carlyn2 months agoReport

      Awesome! Thank you, Gretchen!

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