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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 28

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

1. I won't be back until very late so there's no point waiting _____ me.
up by
on for
up for
up to





2. I thought it was a great little restaurant, but for some reason, it just didn't catch _____ .
in
on
by
through





3. You shouldn't rush _____ making such an important decision. You should take your time.
off
around
onto
into





4. It's clear that the company has problems, but the board is playing them _____ to try and convince the shareholders not to accept the offer.
across
off
down
away





5. You can always rely _____ John in a crisis.
of
on
with
from





6. When his wife died, and he lost his job, he took _____ drink.
in
off
up
to





7. I saw her in the town centre handing _____ leaflets for a new bar that's opening soon.
away
out
off
down





8. Red wine is one of the most difficult stains to get _____ .
away
over
out
off





9. They got married so young that it's hardly surprising it didn't work _____ .
on
off
up
out





10. There's not much in the cupboard, but I'm sure I can rustle _____ an omelette at least.
out
up
on
off





11. We'll have to set _____ very early if we're going to get there by lunch time.
off
away
over
on





12. We're planning to turn the spare bedroom _____ a gym.
by
from
into
off





13. He's a good candidate, but his age could count _____ him. He's close to retirement age and I suspect they're looking for someone a bit younger.
off
against
down
under


14. On the other hand, his years of experience must count _____ something.
to
on
for
over





15. His parents died when he was very young and he was brought _____ by an Aunt.
out
on
up
in





16. I hate to bring it _____ , but you still owe me $200.
about
on
up
out