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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 66

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

1. Our boss is a nice enough guy, but when he's in a bad mood he does tend to take it _____ the person nearest to him.
out from
off on
out off
out on





2. He didn't come _____ very well to the shareholders at the last meeting. In fact, they weren't impressed with him at all.
by
down
across
up





3. I do wish you would stop talking _____ me as I do know what I'm doing. I have done this before you know.
away
over
down
out





4. Our manager started tearing _____ all of us when he realised how bad the latest figures were. I can only assume his boss had done the same to him.
over
about
into
up





5. You can't keep all of this stuff as we simply don't have room for it. You'll have to throw more of it ______ .
out
by
under
over





6. Somebody must have tipped _____ the police as they seemed to know that the crime was going to happen.
up
off
out
away





7. Somebody must have informed _____ the gang as the police were there waiting for them.
in
over
on
at





8. I'm a bit ticked _____ as he promised to stand in for me at the strategy meeting and then told me at the last minute that he couldn't. I had to cancel my doctor's appointment.
out
on
off
over





9. I never tire _____ this restaurant. The menu may be limited but it's all excellent.
in
about
off
of





10. The snow is so bad that we won't be able to go to the shops for a while, but there's enough food to tide us _____ for at least a week.
back
over
away
under