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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 39

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'down' 3.

1. I don't like to admit to being wrong, but I think we'll have to _____ down on this one. They were right about the market problems.
stay
sit
put
climb





2. The ship _____ down somewhere near the coast of Nigeria. They haven't said anything about survivors yet.
fell
dropped
sank
went





3. You are really going to have to _____ down on your smoking, or you run the risk of all sorts of health problems.
knock
reduce
take
cut





4. He's _____ with a severe case of gastroentiritis and won't be back at work for a while.
set
brought
taken
come





5. The dog was so old and was suffering so much that we had to have him _____ down.
shot
taken
set
put





6. We all thought the plane was going to crash, but the pilot somehow managed to _____ it down on a piece of scrub land.
place
drop
lay
put





7. Unlike me, John's always wanted to ______ down, but he never seems to meet the right girl.
set
settle
get
put





8. Michael just can´t seem to _____ down a job for any length of time. The longest he's ever managed to last at any firm is a year.
stay
keep
hold
fix





9. I don´t know what possessed me to buy this picture as it's awful. I´m going to _____ it down and put up something more attractive .
retire
let
move
take





10. Most people are _____ David´s rather youthful new look down to some sort of plasic surgery. He certainly looks much younger these days.
connecting
associating
linking
putting