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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 75

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

1. Shall we send _____ some food as I don't feel like cooking and there's a good film on tonight?
by for
away for
out for
out from





2. Pete's been buying _____ old houses, doing them up, and selling them on at a profit.
off
down
out
up





3. Could you do me a big favour and pick the kids _____ from school?
off
down
up
out





4. That is a bargain and, if I were you, I'd snap it _____ before someone else does.
up
out
down
off





5. If he doesn't get a job soon, he'll have to sign _____ . I know he doesn't like going on welfare but it might be his only option in the short-term.
over
up
down
on





6. He's shying _____ asking her out as he thinks she'll laugh at him. He might be right.
up from
away from
off from
out from





7. We have to set _____ this in a serious manner. If we're going to do it, let's make sure we do it properly.
for
over
about
to





8. We need to send this newsletter _____ to all the people on this list.
on
forward
out
about





9. It's a big scandal at the moment, but it'll soon blow _____ . People have very short memories and they'll soon be something else to talk about.
out
down
off
over





10. We're still settling in to our new home, but you're welcome to drop _____ us at any time.
in at
off on
by from
in on