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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 51

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

1. I ______ out all those old magazines as they were just taking up space and nobody was ever going to read them again.
shoved
threw
pushed
tipped





2. I just can´t ______ out what she´s written here. Her handwriting is illegible.
see
bring
get
make





3. We´re going to have to ______ out a feasibility study into both options before any decision can be made.
put
do
make
carry





4. I´m hoping to be able to ______ out my partner as he´s not really interested in the business any longer.
win
spend
buy
purchase





5. I don't think Helen really wants to marry Mark, but she feels it's too late to ______ out now as the wedding invitations have already been sent out.
put
back
stand
sit





6. I think sales have finally ______ out and should start to pick up again soon.
dropped
bottomed
lowered
fallen





7. Three dangerous prisoners ______ out of the maximum security wing last night. They are believed to have taken a guard hostage.
ran
broke
went
took





8. A fire ______ out in the supermarket yesterday. Fortunately it was soon brought under control and nobody was hurt.
flared
started
broke
snapped





9. The light aircraft engine engine suddenly ______ out. Fortunately it was only a temporary problem.
broke
shut
closed
cut





10. If you´re sure it wouldn´t be ______ you out, I´d love a lift to the station.
driving
getting
setting
putting