Saturday, 30 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 61. Phrasal Verbs: Exercise 7

1.    They set _________ at dawn to miss the traffic jams.

2.    Don’t be taken ______ by his promises. He won’t do anything to help you.

3.    He became very depressed as he had taken ______ more than he could manage.

4.    When his father died he took ________ the family business.

5.    The cinema was full; many of the people waiting outside were turned ______

6.    I had my doubts but everything turned __________ to be all right in the end.

7.    I never worry as something always turns _______.

8.    His evidence just doesn’t add ____.

9.    Sheila was right, so Paul had to back ______.

10. We hadn’t bargained ______ there being so much traffic, and we missed the plane.


1.    Off/out. Set off/out: to begin a journey. E.g. we set off for London just after ten.

2.    In. Take sb in: to make somebody believe something that is not true. Deceive. She took me in completely with her story.

3.    On. Take on: to decide to do something; to agree to be responsible for something/somebody. E.g. I can't take on any extra work. We're not taking on any new clients at present.

4.    Over. Take over: to begin to have control of or responsibility for something. She took over the job after he left.

5.    Away. Turn sb away: to refuse to allow somebody to enter a place. E.g. hundreds of people were turned away from the stadium (= because it was full). They had nowhere to stay so I couldn't turn them away.

6.    Out. Turn out: To develop in a particular way, or to have a particular result. To be discovered to be; to prove to be. E.g. the job turned out to be harder than we thought.

7.    Up. Turn up: to happen, especially by chance. E.g. He's still hoping something (= for example, a job or a piece of luck) will turn up.

8.    Up. Add up: make sense. E.g. there is something about this case that just doesn’t add up. His story just doesn't add up.

9.    Down. Back down: to take back a demand, an opinion, etc. that other people are strongly opposed to; to admit defeat. E.g. neither side is willing to back down.

10.  For/on. Bargain for/on: (usually in negative sentences) to expect something to happen and be prepared for it. E.g. we hadn't bargained for this sudden change in the weather. When he agreed to answer a few questions, he got more than he bargained for (= he got more questions, or more difficult ones, than he had expected). I didn't bargain on finding them here as well.

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