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Building Your Phrasal Verb Vocabulary - 1


This series of exercises helps you build your basic phrasal verb vocabulary.

What are Phrasal Verbs?

To quickly review phrasal verbs: Phrasal verbs are verbs made up of a verb plus one or more particles (generally prepositions such as of, to, with, etc.). Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable, meaning that they can stay together or be separated. Phrasal verbs are some of the most commonly used verbs in everyday English used by native English speakers. Phrasal verbs can be very confusing, so it is important to begin by understanding some phrasal verb. This phrasal verb activity provides a great place to start. If you are unfamiliar with phrasal verbs, this guide to what are phrasal verbs explains everything. Teachers can use this introducing phrasal verbs lesson plan to help students become more familiar with phrasal verbs and start building phrasal verb vocabulary.

Choose the correct definition for the phrasal verbs in the second list from the first list.

Once you have matched up all the definitions with the phrasal verbs, check your answers on the next page. Page three then tests the phrasal verbs you have learned in practice sentences.

  • recover from
  • discover
  • escape
  • wait
  • think of a solution
  • inherit characteristic
  • arrive
  • connect on the phone
  • reduce
  • make sense
  • continue doing something
  • care for
  • search
  • postpone
  • find out _____
  • get on with _____
  • hold on _____
  • get away _____
  • take after _____
  • cut down _____
  • look after _____
  • come up with _____
  • add up _____
  • put through _____
  • look for _____
  • get over _____
  • turn up _____
  • put off _____
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