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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 31

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'up' 3.

1. I was rather bored on the flight, so I _____ up a conversation with the man next to me. We turned out to have quite a lot in common.

got
took
broke
struck





2. I am usually _____ up in the morning by next door´s dog barking.
got
stood
woken
put





3. Once I´m awake I usually _____ up almost immediately.
wake
get
bring
set





4. I´d really like to _____ up a meeting a.s.a.p to discuss the problems we've been having with a couple of our suppliers.
make
take
fix
let





5. I'd really like to _____ up a meeting with our suppliers as soon as possible.
make
set
do
bring





6. I know this is rather short notice but I´m afraid something's _____ up and I can´t get out of it.

made
stepped
come
shot





7. I'm hoping it won´t _____ up at the next staff meeting as we don't have a good answer prepared yet.
bring
come
go
grow





8. I´m hoping nobody _____ it up at the next staff meeting as it's something that we haven't had time to look at in detail yet.

sets
puts
brings
drives





9. I was born in London but ______ up in a small village in Scotland.
stood
grew
got
went





10. Those seeds I planted a few days ago have already started to _____ up.
sprout
stand
come
spring