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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 17

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'hold'.

1. I think she feels that being married to Dave is holding her _____ . She feels she'd be able to do more if she weren't married to him.
off
out
away
back





2. I wonder what's holding him _____ . He should have been here hours ago.
up
down
in
out





3. He was so strong that it took four men to hold him ______ .
away
out
up
down





4. He's never been able to hold _____ a job for more than six months.
back
in
down
up





5. The union is holding _____ an increase of 5%, but they´ll never get it.
up for
out for
in for
over for





6. There's something he's not telling us. He's definitely holding _____ us.
down on
away on
by on
out on





7. The luxury end of the market is holding ______ relatively well all things considered. I thought the recession would hit it harder.
in
up
over
on





8. Given the uncertainty in the market, we've decided to hold ______ on the investment for the immediate future.
up
in
off
out





9. They're clearly holding their prices _____ to try and win market share. They must be barely covering their costs.
in
out
off
down





10. The cinema is holding the film _____ for another week as it has proven so popular.
on
over
up
down





11. The bank was held _____ at gunpoint by three masked men. They got away with about $50,000 in cash.
up
down
away
out





12. Ever since I got the job instead of her, she has held it _____ me.
up
to
against
by





13. I hope the rain holds _________ until Monday. We´re having a barbecue this weekend.
away
off
out
down