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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 35

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct.

1. I'm afraid we couldn't possibly agree to that. We have a reputation to keep _____ , you know.
up
on
by
out





2. I got very angry with a young man who cut _____ line at the supermarket today.
in
on
through
off





3. The escaped prisoner finally gave himself _____ to the authorities.
on
up
out
down





4. She´s a bit too strict with her children, and is always telling them _____ for the slightest thing.
down
out
on
off





5. Please don´t put yourself _____ on my account as it really doesn't have to be done today.
out
off
over
down





6. Their company is definitely going to tender _____ the project. There will be some other bidders as well, but I see them as our main competition.
off
to
for
on





7. I was so happy when I got the news, but as usual she managed to bring me ____ .
off
out
down
back





8. When the new evidence came to light, they had no option but to dig _____ the body in order to do an autopsy.
back
under
out
up





9. If there´s one thing he prides himself _____ , it´s his punctuality.
on
of
from
in





10. We´re clearly going to have to do something to speed _____ the ordering process.
out
on
in
up