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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 33

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'up' 5.

1. They really need to ______ up security at the bank. It would be an easy target for experienced bank robbers
straighten
tighten
weigh
get





2. John always _____ up late for every appointment. He's one of the least punctual people I know.
trips
lets
turns
takes





3. John always _____ up late for every appointment. He's one of the least punctual people I know.
comes
shows
brings
puts





4. I'm sure you´ll find a job soon. Something's bound to _____ up sooner or later.
set
show
turn
get





5. I´m really determined to _____ up smoking this year. I know I've said that before, but this time I really mean it.
leave
give
stop
put





6. I'll feel a lot better after I´ve had a chance to _____ up a bit.
liven
do
freshen
moisten





7. God this party is boring. The only thing that will _____ it up is a lot more alcohol.
animate
liven
clean
make





8. Paula still hasn´t said who _____ her up. But I have an idea who the father might be.
took
fitted
knocked
got





9. I haven´t got much in the fridge, but I should be able to _____ up an omelette.
beat
bring
drum
rustle





10. I've just got to _____ up and then we can shut the shop.
calculate
list
cash
count