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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 25

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

1. The cat was so ill, and obviously in pain, that we had to have her put _____ .
out
away
on
down





2. Thanks for the lift, but you can drop me _____ here. I don't want to take you out of your way.
away
in
out
off





3. They're putting new buildings _____ all over the place in that area of town.
away
off
down
up





4. I'll put the kettle _____ and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
out
over
on
up





5. They've put their prices _____ yet again. That must be the third price rise this year.
out
up
off
down





6. I think her success can largely be put _____ simple hard work.
over to
off to
up to
down to





7. We've put an offer _____ on that house we looked at last week. We're still waiting to hear whether it's been accepted.
out
in
off
up





8. We have put the match _____ for a week because of the bad weather.
by
out
off
on





9. The local Shakespearean Society is putting _____ King Lear this month. That's my favourite play.
by
off
up
on





10. She put a lot of time and effort _____ that dinner party. It's a great pity more people didn't turn up.
over
into
on
by





11. I thought John put _____ a number of very interesting ideas at the last staff meeting.
forward
down
by
off





12. I hope the weather clears _____ for the weekend as we're having a barbecue on Saturday.
out
by
up
away





13. If there's anything you're not sure about, just ask, and I'll do my best to clear it _____ .
in
up
off
out


14. If you happen to come _____ my car keys, let me know.
on
into
across
out





15. I'll get _____ to you as soon as I know anything for certain.
for
by
back
away





16. She put a lot of time and effort into that dinner party. It's a great pity more people didn't turn _____ .
in
on
up
out