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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 70

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

1. When we played back the audio, we realised it was almost impossible to make _____ what anybody was saying as the sound quality was atrocious.
over
off
out
down





2. We'll be phasing _____ all the Windows machines and replacing them with Linux over the next 3 months.
out
down
off
away





3. Could you plug this _____ for me? There's a socket over there by that table.
in
at
over
on





4. The final is between Spain and Brazil, but Italy and Germany will be playing _____ for third place.
off
out
over
about





5. I don't think he's really going to take the job, but he's playing _____ with them for now to keep them happy. I'm sure he'll change his mind later, however.
off
away
over
along





6. We all need to pitch _____ now and do our bit. It's got to be a group effort or we won't meet our targets.
at
in
on
away





7. He was unable to pick _____ the man who mugged him from the photographs he was shown at the police station.
at
over
out
on





8. I can't see you today, but I could possibly see you tomorrow. So, I'll pencil you _____ provisionally for tomorrow at 5.30.
out
forward
in
on





9. We'll be phasing _____ the new shift system over the next few months. We want to introduce it gradually so people have time to get used to it.
at
about
on
in





10. When we played _____ the audio, we realised it was almost impossible to make out what anybody was saying as the sound quality was atrocious.
under
away
back
out