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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 79

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

1. I have to say that it simply never occurred _____ me that he would turn the job down.
of
from
to
for





2. I'm just going to nip _____ for a bit as there a few things I need to buy before the shops close. I won't be long.
under
by
over
out





3. I've been mulling it _____ for a few days and I still can't decide whether we should accept their offer or not.
off
down
over
about





4. Patrick feels that now is the time to move _____ . He feels he's getting a bit stale here and needs the challenge that only a new company can offer.
off
around
on
over





5. Why not use a piece of this bread to mop the sauce _____ with. It's such a wonderful sauce that it seems a pity to waste it.
over
away
off
up





6. The two orders seem to have been mixed _____ , with each client receiving the wrong product.
out
away
off
up





7. Can you please sort _____ the order mix up as soon as possible as both customers have been on the phone to complain?
through
over
on
out





8. A couple of our younger staff members have been marked ____ promotion in the not too distant future. We see them as potential high fliers.
off for
forward for
out for
on for





9. A large crowd stood there looking _____ as he was arrested and taken away to the police station.
out
by
off
on





10. We all knock _____ at more or less the same time, so we quite often go for a beer after work.
off
out
over
away