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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 22

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

1. It's freezing out so I´d put something thick ______ if I were you.
in
on
up
over





2. Could you put me ______ to extension 433, please?
through
in
on
over





3. We've put the meeting ______ to next Friday as Pete and Jane are in the States on business and we really need them to attend.
away
out
up
back





4. John was too drunk to drive after the party so we put him ______ for the night.
in
over
up
on





5. Someone must have put her ______ ______ it. She'd never have done something like that without having been coerced.
down to
up to
on to
off to





6. Jane had put _______ a lot of weight since I´d last seen her. She had become quite chubby.
over
in
up
on





7. I don´t know how she puts ______ ______ his drinking and womanising. She must be the most tolerant woman I know.
in with
up with
off with
out with





8. You´ll have to put _______ that cigarette I´m afraid. Smoking is no longer allowed in pubs.
away
off
out
on





9. The company has put a substantial sum ______ for R&D this year. We thought it was time to increase R&D spending.
on
out
off
aside





10. They're putting the company's problems ______ ______ its product range, but I think it's got more to do with bad management.
on to
down to
up to
over to