Vocabulary 2

Published: 20.03.2013

Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a verb that will change its meaning when connected to different prepositions. Certain basic verbs combine easily with prepositions and the combinations give new and completely different meanings. Examples of basic verbs are: get, make, set, take, do, come, put, go, look. Combined with prepositions they change meaning, e.g. look for, look after, look up, and get on, get by, get off.
The term "phrasal" refers to the fact that these verb + preposition combinations make a phrase (i.e. a meaningful expression).
These expressions are widely used in spoken English. There usually is a more formal alternative expression in written English that will give the same meaning, e.g. to put in an application (to submit), to set up a new business (to establish).
Replace the expression in italics with a phrasal verb based on the verb in brackets. (You may have to change the word order or rearrange the sentence grammatically.)


  1. I had to postpone my visit because of the weather. (put)
  2. He undertook so much work that he simply couldn’t finish it. (take)
  3. She slowly regained consciousness after the accident. (come)
  4. His request was not approved. (turn)
  5. The work was done by a professional carpenter. (carry)
  6. Please come and see me when you are in London. (look)
  7. Do you have a bed for me tonight? (put)
  8. She has a way with children; they seem to like her immediately. (take)
  9. He found an old and valuable map in the attic. (come)
  10. The police will examine the case thoroughly. (look)
  11. His speech was received well by the audience. (go)
  12. It seems that they are becoming friends. (get)
  13. He appeared at the seminar two hours late. (turn)
  14. A man should certainly keep his promise. (stand)
  15. I didn’t have time to visit all the attractions. (get)
  16. How did you get such a funny name? (come)
  17. You may continue with your work now. (carry)
  18. I must take care of my little brother. (look)
  19. We don’t have much petrol left. (run)
  20. It appeared to be more difficult than she thought. (turn)
  1. Put off
  2. Took on
  3. Came round
  4. Turned down
  5. Carried out
  6. Look me up
  7. Put me up
  8. Take to her
  9. Came across
  10. Look into
  11. Went down well with
  12. Getting along
  13. Turned up
  14. Stand by
  15. Did not get round to visiting (Note the ing-form)
  16. Come by
  17. Carry on
  18. Look after
  19. Are running out of
  20. Turned out