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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 78

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

1. I really should look _____ Nigel later. He hasn't been well and I should go and see how he is.
in on
in at
by on
in from





2.I've been off school for a week with the flu, and so I've got a lot of studying to do if I'm going to catch _____ the rest of the class.
up with
in with
up from
over with





3. He's a rather serious type, but lightens _____ a bit after a few beers. Maybe he's just shy.
up
down
off
out





4. We were very interested in the house, but when we were looking it _____ , we noticed a big damp patch in the corner of the living room ceiling.
up
at
around
over





5. We were rather put _____ the house by the big damp patch in the corner of the living room ceiling.
off
away
out
over





6. You hardly ever see anybody light _____ these days. I suppose it's because there's hardly anywhere you can smoke.
on
up
off
away





7. For God's sake, don't let _____ anybody else about David's surprise party. It's a secret and he mustn't know about it until his birthday on Friday.
through to
over to
on to
out to





8. We've got to invite Peter to the barbecue. We couldn't possibly leave him _____.
away
forward
out
down





9. We're hoping that the new joint venture agreement will lead _____ great things for both our companies.
about
over
for
to





10. Claire thought John had made a complete mess of the sales pitch and really laid _____ him. Although I agreed with her, I thought she was a bit harsh with him.
into
towards
over
under