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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 46

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

1. Pete has an embarrassing tendency to _____ on all women under 35.
pull
chat
hit
knock





2. We´re currently _____ on people at the factory, so you should try and get a job there.
taking
getting
putting
adding





3. The ship is going to have to stop at the next port to _____ on some passengers.
get
work
come
take





4. All the time I knew him he never _____ on he was gay.
made
showed
let
put





5. I have complete confidence in him. He´s a person you can _____ on in a crisis.
stand
rely
believe
take





6. It´s a bit chilly out, so I'd _____ on something thicker if I were you.
set
take
get
put





7. I´ve _____ $50 to win on a horse in the next race. It's not the favourite, but I think it has a good chance.
set
put
held
made





8. She´s really been _____ on weight since she gave up smoking.
having
getting
putting
setting





9. I hope you´re not planning to _____ on drinking all day.
take
get
make
carry





10. I might well _____ on Pete a bit later to give him the good news.
trip
swing
drop
call