Phrasal Verbs: Exercises 1-3
Complete the sentences. Choose the correct particles.
1. Maya picked the bags up on/in/up and left the restaurant.
2. He took the suitcases back down/back/into upstairs.
3. I took my cup of coffee into into/over/under the living room.
4. The children threw snowballs at on/in/at each other.
5. He turned on on/in/away the shower.
6. Tommy helped me put my new desk together on/out/together.
7. Jennifer put her glass down with/away/down on the table.
8. Put your hand up up/over/with if you know the answer.
Decide if the following sentences are true or false.
1. If you let someone in, you allow them to leave a place. False
2. If you light something up, you shine light on or in it. True
3. If you put something back, you move it to a new place. False
4. If you throw something in, you drop it into something. True
5. If you turn something off, you make it start working. False
6. If you take something away, you take it to the place where it was before. False
7. If you put something down, you put it on the floor or on a table etc. True
8. If you put something up, you move it to a lower position. False
Make these sentences less formal. Replace the underlined verbs with the phrasal verbs1 The management will only let in admit people who have tickets.
2 She put back replaced the phone.
3 The sun lit up illuminated the sky.
4 It takes eight hours to put together assemble each device.
5 She decided to throw away discard her old shoes.
6 We are looking for seeking a new car.
If you let someone in, you allow them to come into a place, usually by opening the door for them.
To light something up means to shine light on or in it, so that it is bright and easy to see.
If you look for something or someone, you try to find them.
If you pick something or someone up, you lift them up from a surface.
If you put something back somewhere, you put it in the place it was in before it was moved.
If you put down someone or something that you are holding or carrying, you put them on the floor or on
If you put something in or put one thing in another, you put one thing inside another thing.
If you put together an object or its parts, you join its parts to each other so that it can be used.
If you put something up, you move it to a higher position.
If you take something away from a place or position, you remove it from a place and put it somewhere else.
When you take something back, you take it to the place where you were before or where it was before.
If you take someone or something into a place, you go with them there.
If you throw an object at someone or something, you try to hit them with the object by throwing it.
If you throw something away, you get rid of it because you no longer want or need it.
If you throw something in or throw it in something, you casually put or drop it into something such as a container or mixture.
If you throw out something, you throw it so that it moves quickly away from you.
If you throw out something you no longer want, you get rid of it.
If you turn off a device or machine, you make it stop working using its controls. If it turns off, it stops working.
If you turn a device or machine on, you make it start working using its controls. If it turns on, it starts working.
Phrasal Verbs: Exercises 4-6
Complete the sentences. Choose the correct particles.
1. Would you mind holding on out/on/back while I call Mr Smith?
2. He’s not here at the moment. Can I ask him to call you back up/back/out
3. I’ll get back back/out/on to you soon with my decision.
4. The photo is very unclear – I can’t make it out out/up/over very well.
5. He asked her to go to the cinema with him but she turned him down out/back/down.
6. I’ve got a proposal I’d like to put to through/to/with you.
Make these sentences less formal. Replace the underlined verbs with the phrasal verbs
1. Can we go back to the point you raised earlier? get back to
2. I can’t work out why he did it. make out
3. I rang Stefan back the following day. called back
4. Can you hold on for a minute or two? hang on
5. Can I talk with you about this? talk to
6. You can phone up and speak to an adviser at any time. call up
Match sentence halves to make complete sentences.
1. I called her up last night … to ask how she was
2. We haven’t heard … from him in a long time
3. I really need to talk to … you about something
4. It was dark and it was hard to make out … what the sign said
5. I put it to him that he might make … money from the scheme
6. In the end he decided to … turn down the offer
If you ask for something, you say that you would like to have it.
If you call back, you go to see someone briefly for a second time.
If you call back, you telephone someone for a second time.
If you call up or call someone up, you telephone someone.
come back to
If you come back to a particular subject, you mention or start to discuss it again.
get back to
If you get back to what you were doing or talking about before, you start doing it or talking about it again.
If you hang on, you wait for a short time.
If you hear from someone or hear something from them, you receive a phone call, email, or other message from them.
If you hold back, or if something holds you back, you do not do or say something that you want to do or say.
If you hold on, you wait or stop what you are doing for a short time.
If you ask someone you are speaking to on the phone to hold on, you want them to wait for a short time.
If you make something out, you manage to see or hear it.
If you make something out, you manage to understand it.
If you put something to someone, you say it to them in order to find out how they react to it.
If you talk to someone, you have a conversation with them.
If you talk with someone, you have a conversation with them, [mainly AMERICAN]
If you turn something or someone down, you refuse a request or offer.