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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 71

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

1. The new central heating system is being put _____ next week. It should be much more efficient and cheaper than the old one.
on
up
down
in





2. She's put _____ a transfer to the north of England to be nearer her sick mother.
up for
off for
out for
in for





3. You really ought to start putting a bit of money _____ each month. It's never too early to start planning your financial future.
by
down
off
out





4. John was pulled _____ by the police the day before yesterday as he was driving a car that fitted the description of one they were looking for.
over
out
off
down





5. I was very lucky and got a parking place at once. A car was just pulling _____ of a space when I arrived.
out
away
off
over





6. The last time I saw him he was being propped _____ by a couple of friends as he was too drunk to stand.
on
up
off
away





7. We have decided to press _____ with our investment plan for the Chinese market.
through
over
ahead
in





8. He's been pottering _____ in the greenhouse all morning. I don't think he's actually done much, however.
out
forward
about
off





9. I never thought he'd eat all of it, but he polished _____ the lot.
out
down
on
off





10. I'll have to polish _____ my French before we go over there on holiday as it's got a bit rusty over the last couple of years.
back
up
over
out