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PHRASAL VERBS

 

A phrasal verb is a verb which contains a verb and at least one preposition.

Examples:  "set up"  "bring about"  "look out"

"Make" is a word which, with various prepositions, forms many phrasal verbs. You will see that some "make" phrasal verbs  have more than one meaning.

Examples:     

VERB MEANING EXAMPLE
make for go towards a place The sea was very rough, so they decided to make for the harbour.  
make out pretend When the police arrived, the robbers made out that they were delivering supplies.
make out see or hear clearly You must speak more clearly. I can't make out what you're saying.
make out a cheque write a cheque I made out a cheque for £50.
make...into transform or change    I made the room into a nursery.

 

 

Exercise 1

Read these sentences. Click the empty text box and type the right phrasal verb in the box. Then click the answer box for the right answer.

1.   He was foreign, so I couldn't what he said..

2.   It was a very large house, and it was possible to  a school.

3.   He arrived at the station and immediately the nearest bar.

4.   To whom should I this cheque?

5.   She that she's rich, but I know that she isn't. 

6.   If it rains, we'll those trees over there.

7..   It was very foggy, but I could just a large ship in the distance.

8.   I found an old box and a cupboard.

9.    I'm too young to drink in pubs, but I just that I'm over 18.

10.   I a cheque for the full amount, but then discovered they wanted cash.

 

Here are some more phrasal verbs. Some have more than one meaning.

VERB MEANING EXAMPLE
make off escape The boys threw a stone through the window and then made off.
make off with steal something and escape with it. The man stole the necklace and made off with it..
make up invent a story or lie I made up that story. I didn't want to tell him the truth.
make up become friends again after an argument. The two boys fought, but then the teacher came and the boys made up.
make up your mind decide He made up his mind to buy a new car.
make up for compensate for He was nasty this morning, but he made up for it by cooking the dinner this evening.

 

Exercise 2

Read these sentences. Click the empty text box and type the right phrasal verb in the box. Then click the answer box for the right answer.

1.   He to ask her to marry him.

2.   I shouted at Johnny unfairly, but I it by buying him an ice cream.

3.   You must whether you want to study French or German next year.

4.   I didn't want to go to work today, so I an excuse.

5.   The thief the family jewels.

6.   You're always lying. Why do you so many stories?

7.   The rebels attacked the soldiers, and then before help arrived.

8.   The boy hit the old lady and her handbag.

9.   They hated each other for a while, but I think they've now.

10.   How can I the terrible thing I have done?

11.   When he saw me in the street today, he down an alley.

12.   The two countries  their differences and signed a peace treaty.