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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 57

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

1. She wasn't going to take the job, but I managed to talk her _____ it. It would have been silly not to take it as it certainlys represents a very good career move for her.
through
into
down from
out of





2. It only really sank _____ that I'd retired when I realised that I didn't need to get up on Monday morning to go to the office.
under
in
down
off





3. She was threatening to resign, but we managed to talk her _____ it by pointing out how much she would be missed by her co-workers.
off
away from
out of
into





4. In the end, it all comes _____ one thing: our cost levels are simply too high for us to be competitive.
by to
over to
down to
up to





5. The class is so intensive that I'm having problems keeping _____ the rest of the group.
in with
on with
over with
up with





6. I thought he was French, but it turned _____ that he was Belgian. However, I only found that out much later.
up
out
off
by





7. I never thought she would fall for such an obviously untrue story, but she's easily taken _____ .
out
down
in
off





8. Nobody felt _____ going to the beach as the weather was so bad.
to
for
like
about





9. I think I'm going to have to give _____ my dream of becoming a concert pianist.
up off
up from
up of
up on





10. Make sure that you check _____ all the names on this list. Nobody gets in unless they're on the guest list.
by
out
off
on