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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 9

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

1. "The company is laying off workers" means:
They are cutting staff.
They are recruiting staff.
They are hiring staff.
They are training staff





2. "The meeting has been called off" means:
The meeting is going to be held at an earlier date
The meeting is going to be held at a different venue
The meeting has been cancelled
The meeting has been rearranged





3. "We want to fix something up for later this week" means:
We want to repair something later this week.
We would like to arrange a meeting for later in the week.
We would like to postpone the meeting
We would like to canecel the meeting until further notice





4. "I think we can fit you in at 5.30" means:
We can arrange a fitting for 5.30
We´ll let you know at 5.30
We´ll call you back at 5.30
We can arrange an appointment for 5.30.





5. "John brought up the possibility of lay-offs at the last meeting" means:
John mentioned the possibility of lay-offs.
John rejected the possibility of lay-offs.
John didn´t want to discuss the possibility of lay-offs.
John said lay-offs were unlikely in the immediate future.





6. "One day she´s going to come into a lot of money" means:
One day she´s going to inherit a lot of money
One day she´s going to make a lot of money
One day she´s going to spend a lot of money
One day she´s going to earn a lot of money





7. "It was David who came up with the new cost saving strategy" means:
It was David who rejected it
It was David who crticised it
It was David who conceived it
It was David who ridiculed it





8. "I think we can rule that option out" means:
We can safely implement that option.
We can exclude that option as a possibilty.
We can consider that option
We can discuss that option further





9. "It´s supposed to be clearing up later" means:
The weather´s supposed to become more changeable later
The weather´s supposed to be getting worse later
No change is expected in the weather in the short term
The weather´s supposed to improve later





10. "Jane is always very well turned out" means:
She´s always very well dressed
She´s always very punctual
She´s always very interesting
She´s always very reliable