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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 38

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'down' 2.

1. I really must start to _____ down a few notes in these meetings.
put
jot
set
make





2. I've heard they're going to _____ down the old school to build some luxury flats.
throw
put
knock
shoot





3. The TV's terribly loud. You couldn't _____ it down a bit, could you?.
put
turn
set
bring





4. We're planning to significantly _____ down our operations in Asia this year as the market situation is so unstable.
reduce
bring
scale
do





5. I know this is a letter of complaint, but it's far too aggressive. You'll have to _____ it down a bit.
make
tone
push
dilute





6. I´ve never wanted kids as they just _____ you down. I suppose that could be seen as rather selfish.
tie
put
get
bring





7. Make sure you _____ everything down securely or it'll all blow away in this strong wind.
set
tie
wrap
knit





8. That shop in the high street has _____ down. I suppose it just couldn´t compete with the new hypermarket.
come
gone
closed
put





9. You'll have to _____ down to some serious study if you're to have any hope of passing your exams.
come
take
set
knuckle





10. The anti-governmental protests were _____ down with extraordinary violence by the security forces.
put
got
knocked
laid