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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 64

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

1. I've just seen Pete zoom _____ in his car. Pity I missed him as I needed to talk to him urgently.
over
on
from
off





2. We really need to start zeroing _____ the real problem and stop wasting our time with trivialities.
in on
over by
in at
up on





3. There are a couple of things I must drop _____ _____ John's.
off at
down at
off in
out at





4. I might zip _____ and visit you later, but I won't be able to stay long.
by
on
about
at





5. I might drop _____ _____ John later if I have time.
in on
away at
over at
by in





6. I might pop _____ later, time permitting.
about
over
off
at





7. Martin has written _____ his new car. He crashed it into a wall at 70 miles per hour. He was unhurt, but the car's beyond repair.
through
over
off
out





8. A lot of viewers have written _____ to complain about the amount of violence in last night's film. As it started at midnight I can't really see what they're complaining about.
out
forward
in
about





9. I think we can wrap things _____ for today as I feel we've gone as far as we can for the moment.
out
down
off
up





10. We thought there would be a few more obstacles before the deal went _____ , but everything worked out wonderfully in the end.
through
back
over
under