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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 23

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

1. The effects of the drug will start to wear _____ after a couple of hours and it should be safe to drive after 8 hours.
out
down
away
off





2. I've had these shoes for years and they're almost completely worn _____ . I think it's time to throw them out.
out
up
in
away





3. I don´t think this trend is here to stay and that the novelty will soon wear _____ .
away
out
down
off





4. New shoes are often a bit uncomfortable, but you just need to wear them _____ .
off
down
in
on





5. The coastline has been gradually worn _____ by the sea over centuries. In some places the erosion has been considerable.
out
away
off
down





6. You'll have to sign _____ when you arrive in the morning until such time as you´re issued with your own pass.
on
off
up
in





7. For some reason he has chosen to sign the rights to his previous books _____ to his wife.
out
away
off
down





8. Pete has signed _____ as he doesn't have any other options at the moment but welfare.
in
out
on
at





9. The other team will have to bring _____ a substitute as one of their players can hardly walk.
in
off
up
on





10. I'm sorry, I still haven't got _____ to it. But, don't worry, I'll find the time to do it some time this week.
about
round
up
off





11. Perhaps we could fix _____ a meeting for some time later today.
up
down
over
out





12. We've got to sign _____ now, but thanks for watching and we´ll see you all tomorrow at the same time.
up
on
off
away





13. Their company has a reputation for identifying and signing _____ the best new talent in the industry.
in
up
off
on


14. Jane was bored so she decided to sign ____ for a number of courses at the Adult Education Centre.
in
off
up
out





15. As the HR department have yet to sign _____ _____ last month's overtime, no one on the factory floor has been paid yet.
away on
up on
off on
in on





16. Someone's going to have to sign _____ these, or I'll have to take them back.
in
on
for
up