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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 32

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'up' 4.

1. I'm having real problems _____ up with the rest of the class. They seem to be able to learn faster than I can.
getting
putting
keeping
holding





2. You can _____ your wet clothes up over there.
dry
set
put
hang





3. I didn't _____ up my cordless phone properly, so the next day the battery had to be recharged.
set
put
hang
lay





4. I've got a couple of things to finish off here, so you go ahead and I'll _____ you up later.
take
pick
make
catch





5. John _____ up a hell of a stink when he found he hadn't been picked for the big game. He thinks he should play all matches for the team.

mess
kicked
made
cried





6. All you have to do with this casserole is _____ it up. And don't forget to turn the oven off when you've finished.
leave
boil
heat
turn





7. It looks as if the new contract is going to take a bit longer to _____ up than we had anticipated.

draft
draw
make
get





8. I'd like to know who's _____ up the money for that new leisure centre.

putting
giving
setting
fixing





9. When the old church has been knocked down they're going to _____ up a bank on the site.
lift
get
make
put





10. Since the rail link was added all sorts of new businesses have started to _______ up in the area.
put
spring
crop
come