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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 61

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

1. It was not easy to decipher her handwriting. I could hardly make ______ what she had written.
off
through
over
out





2. Some people say they just can't do _____ their cell phone. I am one of the few people who doesn't have one.
away
down
without
off





3. It's no use just smoking fewer cigarettes. You need to cut them _____ altogether.
off
away
out
by





4. I thought they were just going to reduce the number of workers in that department, but it now seems they're planning to do _____ it altogether.
by with
over with
away with
up with





5. David asked Sarah to marry him last week, but she knocked him _____ . I think he's going to ask her again, however.
up
down
over
back





6. We didn't like Nigel much at first, bit I must say he's starting to grow _____ us. I now realise that we have more in common than I first thought.
up
on
in
by





7. Now is not the right moment to sell your house, unless you absolutely have to. I'd hang _____ it for the time being.
up to
down to
on to
off to





8. I must say I hadn't bargained _____ the project being such hard work. It's taking up nearly all of my time.
off
to
for
with





9. It's worth getting a good education as it means you always have something to fall _____ .
back over
back to
back up
back on





10. The internet has certainly brought _____ major changes in the way we do business and shop.
about
out
for
on