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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 24

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

1. Pete made _____ some lame excuse for not having finished the report on time, but our boss didn't believe it for a moment.
out
over
on
up





2. David and Jane did their London place _____ quite cheaply and managed to sell it for a fortune.
by
in
up
on





3. David and Janet have made _____ again after that big fight last week.
away
off
down
up





4. I tried to make _____ Kate by buying her some expensive earrings, but it didn't work. She still hasn't forgiven me.
it off with
it down by
it up to
it on with





5. I hear they´re planning to do _____ with the teaching of Latin. I think that would be a terrible mistake.
out
away
off
down





6. I'm sure you can do _____ your mobile phone for a weekend. They aren't allowed on the retreat.
over
off
up
without





7. To be honest, I think it was the cigarettes, and not the drink, that finally did him _____.
out
in
off
down





8. This report really isn't good enough and I´m afraid you're going to have to do it _____.
by
out
over
on





9. If you look carefully, you can just make _____ the castle in the distance.
away
off
up
out





10. To be honest, I don't think he's really _____ to the job. For a start, he doesn't have any international experience.
about
up
on
off





11. I just can't make _____ what she's written here as her handwriting is appalling.
out
down
over
off





12. I tried to make _____ my terrible behaviour by buying Kate some expensive earrings, but it didn't work as she's still not speaking to me.
up to
up with
up for
away with





13. To be honest, I think it was the cigarettes, and not the drink, that finally did _____ him in the end.
in
for
off
on


14. We need to come ____ a recommendation for the board to consider.
on with
off with
up with
out with





15. Do you feel _____ going out for a beer tonight?
for
down
like
up





16. I wonder what's holding him _____ . I can only assume he's stuck in traffic.
in
on
up
out