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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 37

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

1. He´s always _____ his wife down in front of their friends. I don't know why he feels the need to humiliate her in public.
getting
putting
talking
criticising





2. We've _____ down a big deposit on an apartment in that new block overlooking the park. Unfortunately, we had to borrow most of it from my wife´s parents.
put
set
offered
got





3. There´s no point in thinking you can rely on Pete. When it comes to the crunch, he´ll always _____ you down.
fall
drop
leave
let





4. I hope you´re not seriously planning to _____ down their job offer. It's a great opportunity and you know it.
shoot
get
turn
leave





5. I've _____ our names down to do a History of Art course at the university.
written
put
set
laid





6. If we want to sell this stock, we'll have to _____ it down by at least 20%
mark
cut
take
put





7. I like to _____ down after a hard day at the bank with a glass or two of good wine.
break
wind
chill
cool





8. He _____ down the seriousness of his injuries as he didn't want to worry her.
got
put
played
took





9. Jane has been ______ down by a bus and has sustained serious internal injuries.

knocked
hit
smashed
bashed





10. John is _____ down as club treasurer due to family commitments.
falling
putting
going
standing