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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 29

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'up' 1.

1. I'm thinking of _____ up golf as my father has just given me his clubs and my boss plays.
taking
putting
setting
starting





2. I think we're going to have to cancel the barbecue as this rain isn't going to _____ up by this afternoon.
dry
get
let
stop





3. I had a date with a beautiful girl last night and she ______ me up. No call or anything. I knew it was too good to be true.
did
stood
put
set





4. We _____ up the firm a couple of years ago and it's just starting to make money now.
founded
created
mounted
set





5. My little boy is always _____ up stories. My sister says he's a compulsive liar which isn't very nice of her.
making
talking
doing
giving





6. I don´t care what you say; it just doesn't _____ up. Why would they give the job to someone so inexperienced?
multiply
compute
add
collate





7. That bank was _____ up by three armed men only last week.
set
put
held
given





8. We really should _____ this place up a bit. We've spent virtually nothing on it since we bought it.
bring
get
make
do





9. The defendant claimed that he had been _____ up, but the jury didn't believe him and he got five years.
set
made
put
shown





10. David's been a bit down lately, but he _____ up when I told him about your party on Friday night.
went
got
stepped
perked