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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 19

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

1. He kept ______ arriving late, so they had no choice but to sack him.
off
on
in
out





2. I keep _______ the news by reading the online version of the New York Times.
up with
by with
in with
on with





3. Peter is having real problems keeping the birds _____ his vegetables.
away
out
down
off





4. Peter is having real problems keeping the birds _____ his vegetables.
back from
out from
away from
off from





5. It's hard to keep the insects _____ without the use of pesticides. This organic farming isn't easy.
back
down
by
over





6. If he has a fault it´s that he tends to digress a bit. In meetings for example, he has trouble keeping _____ the point.
up
on
in
to





7. The cost of keeping these old buildings _____ is immense.
in
up
over
off





8. She's still on a liquids only diet as she can´t keep anything solid _____ .
up
in
down
inside





9. I do wish you'd keep your ridiculous opinions _____ yourself.
in
with
by
to





10. My son seems incapable of keeping _____ trouble at his new school.
over of
out of
away of
down of





11. My son seems incapable of keeping _____ bad influences. He always seems to make friends with the wrong sort.
away from
down from
off from
out from





12. We were asked, by the park authorities, to keep _____ the grass.
out
away
off
down





13. Everyone should keep _____ of the building as it is going to be demolished and is probably structurally unsound.
away
out
off
down