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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 56

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct..

1. I think he's angling _____ an invitation to the wedding. He's certainly dropped enough hints.
for
to
down
over





2. I really can't account _____ the dramatic fall in sales this quarter.
over
to
for
from





3. Nigel was asking _____ you at the party. I told him that you were doing fine.
on
across
after
over





4. We really should ask Laurence and Angie _____ for dinner soon. We haven't seen them for ages and they're such a nice couple.
through
in
over
on





5. My mother had promised to babysit this evening, but backed _____ at the last minute.
in
out
over
through





6. You really must back _____ your data locally if you don't want to save it in the cloud.
under
up
out
by





7. When I rang Customer Care, they put me _____ the wrong department.
through at
through by
through to
through with





8. He does go _____ his new girlfriend and how wonderful she is. She's almost his only topic of conversation at the moment.
to about
in about
on about
over about





9. He's always banging _____ that new girlfriend of his. I can't believe anybody is that wonderful.
under about
across about
off about
on about





10. Do you know what G.D.P. stands _____ ? Yes, it's Gross Domestic Product, but I have no idea what it means.
by
to
for
on