Words of the Week: 9 Phrasal verbs

Ahhhh Phrasal verbs. We all love them but in my experience a lot of students in the school are scared of them. DON’T BE!!! They’re just like any other piece of vocabulary. Check out some of the highlighted words below, can you think of any phrasal verbs that you could replace them with, that have the same meaning?

  1. I rang someone.
  2. I collected my parents.
  3. I wrote his number on a piece of paper.
  4. I asked her to go on a date with me.
  5. I ended the phone call.
  6. I started a new hobby.
  7. I stopped doing this habit because it was disgusting.
  8. I went on a date with her.
  9. We have a very good relationship.



If you’re not sure, have a look at the highlighted phrasal verbs in the story below:


I called Joan up yesterday to ask her out. When I was finished, I hung up. We decided to go out on Friday night, I told her I would pick her up from her house at 8:00.

When I arrived, I rang the doorbell and she answered with a cigarette in her hand. I told her that I had recently given up cigarettes because I hated the smell. She blew the smoke in my face and said she had recently taken up smoking because she loved the smell.

We left and I drove us into town. I couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant but luckily I had taken it down on a piece of paper which was in my pocket. When we got to the restaurant, the waiter showed us to our table. We had a beautiful dinner and we got on really well but at the end Joan told me she was really interested in going out with my brother.

We never went out again but my brother married her and took up smoking three months later.


Still not sure? Check out the answers below and match them to the sentences above to confirm the meaning of these 9 phrasal verbs.

  1. I called up someone.
  2. I picked up my parents.
  3. I took down his number on a piece of paper.
  4. I asked her out.
  5. I hung up.
  6. I took up a new hobby.
  7. I gave up this habit because it was disgusting.
  8. I went out with her.
  9. We get on really well.


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