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Advanced Level – Fantastic Phrasal Verbs!

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English has many two-word verbs, made up of a verb and a small word like at, in, on, up. Two-word verbs (phrasal verbs) are very common in an informal style and used by native speakers constantly!

Go ahead - to start to do something
Give way to - to be replaced by something, especially because it is better, cheaper, easier, etc
Pull down - to destroy a building
Put out - to make something that is burning, such as a fire or cigarette, stop burning
Sort out - to deal satisfactorily or successfully with a problem
Head for - to start a journey or leave a place
Miss out - to intentionally not include something
Lag behind - to not be at the level that someone or something else has already achieved
Go over - to examine or look at something in a careful or detailed way
Come up - to appear

Complete the sentences with one of the suitable phrasal verbs above. Make sure you change the verb form when required:
Lesson by Amanda Pooley, EC Cape Town English School

  • 1. As soon as the sun came out, everyone the beach.
  • 2. Promise me that you’ll have this mess by the time we get home.
  • 3. The students seem to be confused about this point. Would it be possible to the explanation once again?
  • 4. Despite recent wage increases and greater equality between the sexes, women’s salaries still what men earn.
  • 5. It took firemen several days to the fire which started as a result of a carelessly discarded cigarette.
  • 6. In order to build the new highway, a lot of old buildings had to be .
  • 7. Despite the rain, the outdoor concert is expected to as planned.
  • 8. When the book was made into a screenplay, we decided to some of the comical anecdotes.
  • 9. One word that in the text was ‘obligatory’. What does it mean in this context?
  • 10. Leather pants will eventually another crazy fashion!