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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 45

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct. Phrasal Verbs with 'Off' 4.

1. What time do you _____ off work today? I was thinking we might go for a beer at that new place.
drop
top
go
knock





2. The company has been _____ people off recently due to falling demand for its products.
falling
dropping
sinking
laying





3. Pete has been accused of _____ off, but I think he's been working as hard as ever.
falling
reducing
taking
slacking





4. He _____ it off at the time but I know he was really hurt by what Jane said about him.
played
pulled
smiled
laughed





5. We _____ off a fantastic meal with a great brandy.
ceased
shut
stopped
rounded





6. All the firm's machinery and plant is being _____ off at auction to pay off the creditors.
marked
placed
dropped
sold





7. Being realistic, we're going to have to ______ some of this this debt off. It's clearly not all recoverable.
cancel
write
lose
lower





8. If you look out of the window, you can see all the local boys _____ off on their skateboards in a vain attempt to impress the girls.
playing
keeping
showing
making





9. Can't you read? The sign clearly says _____ off the grass.
hold
stay
remain
keep





10. Since coming out of rehab Jane´s managed to _____ off the drugs.
stop
hold
make
keep