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Phrasal and Prepositional verbs present a real problem for the English learner as they are very rarely literal. In other words, it's usually impossible to guess their meaning from their constituent parts. There is no obvious reason why the phrasal verb 'to take on' means to hire, but it does. Try the exercises and see how you do. Reading is one of the best ways to learn some of these verbs as they make a lot more sense in some sort of context.

Phrasal Verbs Multiple Choice 14

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct..

1. The way he runs his business I´d be surprised if it didn't go _______ soon. He can't keep going on such low returns.
down
under
over
off





2. They´re still going _______ with the party even though they still haven´t found a venue.
ahead
in
off
over





3. This milk must have gone ______ ; it´s been in the fridge for at least a week.
away
out
down
off





4. To be honest, I've gone _____ the whole idea. It doesn't seem so appealing now that I'm aware of the risks involved.
by
down
off
over





5. I´m sorry but I´m afraid we couldn't go _______ with that. I know the board would never agree to it.
along
up
on
off





6. The car went _____ a wall at 50 mph, but amazingly nobody was seriously hurt.
into
against
up
on





7. It's hardly surprising I was late for work: first the alarm clock didn't go _____ and then I got stuck in traffic.
up
off
down
on





8. If you ever go to Thailand, be prepared for the customs officials to go _______ your luggage with a fine tooth comb.
over
down
through
into





9. Nothing goes _______ better than a few cold ones after work on Friday. Yes, a few beers after work is as good as it gets.
on
out
down
off





10. Someone dropped a match or a cigarette and the whole place just went _______ in flames.
off
up
over
out