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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 16

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

1. He was born in Paris, but grew _____ in London.
out
on
off
up





2. These trousers are so large that Pete´s son is going to need two years to grow _____ them.
into
in
on
over





3. My children grow _____ _____ their shoes so quickly. Having to buy them new pairs so often is costing me a fortune.
away from
out from
off with
out of





4. They basically grew _____ _____ beans and rice. It was their staple diet as children.
up over
up with
up on
up for





5. I wasn't crazy about Peter at first but he´s growing _____ me. I like him a lot more now that I've got to know him a bit better.
up
on
off
in





6. We grew _____ over the years, especially after she moved to the States. It was difficult to stay in touch over long distances before the internet
apart
off
away
out





7. What does your little boy want to be when he grows _____ ? He says he wants to be a fireman.
on
up
off
out





8. I hated English beer at first, but I have to say it´s growing _____ me. I like it much more than when I first tried it.
in
out
on
off





9. The product really grew _____ _____ some research done by a group of scientists at the University of California.
down from
out by
out from
out of





10. It´s about time you grew _____ . You're a bit old to be out every night chasing women.
on
up
in
out