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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 47

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

1. John has a bit of a tendency to _____ on his family name and connections.
cash
trade
profit
abuse





2. Is there a changing room here? I'd really like to _____ on this jacket.
throw
put
try
test





3. Could you _____ on for just a few more minutes? I really won't be long.
wait
hold
bring
put





4. Did you see what she _____ on at John´s party? I've never seen anything like it. She really has no dress sense.
used
wore
had
did





5. I don't know why but, for some reason, we just don't seem to _____ on.
make
get
do
put





6. How's David _____ on at the new company?
taking
making
getting
bringing





7. There were so many people trying to _____ on the bus that I gave up and got a cab.
catch
get
set
put





8. I can't see this fashion ever _____ on with the general public.
coming
becoming
catching
getting





9. He can be a bit slow. It sometimes takes him a while to _____ on.
come
fall
drop
catch





10. I don´t see how we´re going to be able to avoid _____ some of these costs on to the end user.
putting
getting
passing
laying