Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Take the Phrasal Verb QUIZ! Do you know them all?

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Well hey there! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!

Question. How do you feel about phrasal verbs?

Do you shudder when you hear me say those words?

Or do you think "Nah, I'm cool with phrasal verbs,

they're alright."

Perhaps you think that you're a phrasal verbs expert.

Well today, we'll find out just how good you really are

because I'm going to test you with a phrasal verbs quiz.

As you know, native English speakers use phrasal verbs

all the time,

formally, informally, written and spoken English,

all the time, right?

Actually in this lesson right here, I talked about

the different types of phrasal verbs,

how to use them

and some tips about how to remember them

once you learn them.

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Piecing it together.

Yeah right, piecing it together. Figuring it out.

So let's dive in.

Now because you hear phrasal verbs everywhere,

it's so, so important to become familiar with them

and their different meanings and to start using them

more automatically.

This is a really important part of taking your English

to the next level.

So today we're going to find out

just how good you really are with phrasal verbs

and hopefully, you'll learn some new ones

that you can practise during the week.

Now since this is a test - a test.

I'll be asking you questions about the meanings

of different phrasal verbs

and I'll start off with some common ones.

Hopefully you get those ones easily but then,

they'll get harder, they'll get a little more challenging.

But right now, let's focus on the quiz.

I'm going to give you a phrasal verb up here

and then you'll see three different meanings.

All you need to do is guess the correct definition

of each phrasal verb, easy huh?

But to go one step further,

write a sentence with each phrasal verb that you hear

in the comments. I'll be checking to make sure

that you've used them correctly.

Just add it in the comments below.

Our first phrasal verb is 'come over'

Now does this mean...

The correct answer is B: to invite someone to visit you.

So you can use 'come over' to invite someone

to your house and to talk about people who visit you.

Would you like to come over for dinner tomorrow night?

Next phrasal verb, to 'break up'

So does this mean...

or does it mean

or does it mean

It's C!

You can use 'break up' to talk about

ending a relationship

and usually it's a romantic relationship.

So that one might have been a little trickier

because the other definitions that I gave there,

they actually relate to the verb 'break'

not the the phrasal verb 'break up'.

So they're similar but different.

Phrasal verbs can be sneaky like that.

Now I want to check, did you watch this lesson here?

In it, my friend Matt and I talked about phrasal verbs

and idioms that are used to talk about relationships

in English and we talked a lot about

breaking up there.

And there's also a bonus definition for you because

like many phrasal verbs, this one actually

has more than one meaning

because you can also use 'break up' to talk about

stopping a fight.

Now does that phrasal verb mean...


Well did you get it right?

We use 'get-together' to talk about meeting up

with someone, whether it's at a house or a coffee shop

or a restaurant, anywhere!

Get-together with a friend for dinner.

Get-together with your family for the holidays

or get-together with someone that you haven't seen

in a while.

And you might also hear 'get-together' used as a noun,

as in,

Okay, 'hear about'.

Now does that phrasal verb mean...


Yep, answer C is correct.

If you hear about something,

you're learning information.

You're told some news about something.

Oh and when you use 'hear about', it's usually

some news that's interesting or exciting

or surprising. So how are you feeling

so far about these phrasal verbs?

Did you get all of them right?

Or maybe you learnt a new one and that's cool too!

Now we're going to take this upper level

and challenge you with some more difficult

phrasal verbs. So let's see what you've got.

So does 'come down with' mean...


It's actually B.

Now this phrasal verb is often used when you're just

starting to feel sick.

So you can use this phrasal verb to talk about

that moment when you first start feeling sick,

when you first start experiencing the symptoms

of an illness

or you can use it to talk about someone else

when they start feeling under the weather.

Now is 'count on'

It's C. When you can count on someone,

you know they'll be there for you when you need them

or if you ask for help, they'll do it.

And if you've given them a task or some responsibility,

they won't let you down.

That's actually another phrasal verb, to 'let down'

But it's quite the opposite of 'count on'

If you let someone down, you disappoint them

by not doing something that you've said that you'll do

or that you're expected to do.

Hang on, hang on!

We're talking about 'count on' here, not 'let down'

Okay let's try another, 'drop in on'.

Now if you drop in on someone are you...

or are you

The answer here is A and actually you might

hear this phrasal verb just used as 'drop in'.

And actually, 'call in' is used in a really similar way.

So 'drop in' or 'call in', they're quite informal activities

and they're sort of unexpected.

It's when you stop to visit someone without making

any plans first so they probably

don't know that you're coming.

All right, what about 'look up to'?

So is this..

is it..

or is it

Now this one can be tricky

but the answer B is correct and most often

it's used to talk about someone who you admire

or who you wish you could be like.

What about to 'turn up'?

So is this..


Or is it

or is it

Well we're not talking about the verb 'to turn',

and we're not talking about changing the volume either.

Although that is another correct way to use

this phrasal verb, you can 'turn up' the music.

But in these options, A a is correct.

To 'call off'.

Now is that..

or is it

or is it

C is the correct answer.

We're not using a phone, we're not calling anyone.

We're calling off something.

So in other words, we're canceling that thing.

To 'give in'

Now does this mean

or does it mean

or does it mean

Answer A is the right one!

Sometimes you just have to admit defeat, right?

Maybe you give in and accept that you were wrong

or because no one else agrees with you

or because it's too difficult to keep fighting.

In all of those situations, you might give in.

To 'fill someone in'

So does this mean

Does it mean

or does it mean

The answer is B.

So for example,

Give me the information.

This one's a really useful one!

To 'hold back'.

So does that mean


or is it

Now answer B is correct.

You can also use 'hold back' to talk about

physically holding something back

but that wasn't an option here.

In this case, we're talking about not doing something

that you wanted to do, usually because you're scared

or worried or because you know that you shouldn't.

Okay, to 'drop off'. So does that mean


C is the correct answer.

Okay so the last two might sound the same

but they're actually totally different okay?

So does 'work out' mean


This one has nothing to do with your job, right?

Answer A is correct.

We work out by going to the gym, going for a run

or doing any kind of sport for the purpose of

losing weight or staying healthy or getting stronger.

Now some people love working out, right?

And I have a love/hate relationship with the gym.

The main reason that I go is so that I can enjoy

eating whatever I want.

I mean that's the whole point of the gym, isn't it?

But what about to 'work (something) out'?

Does that mean

Or does it mean

Or does it mean

Now I'm trying to trick you here! Even though 'work out'

is to exercise, to 'work something out' or to 'work out

something' has a completely different meaning.

So answer B is the correct one.

You can use 'work out something' or

'work something out' when you're solving a problem

or you're discovering how to fix something.

So tell me, how did you go?

Did you get many of those phrasal verbs correct?

If you did, high fives, that's awesome!

But even if you got a few of them wrong, well,

it's not all bad news because you've just learnt

a bunch of new ones, right?

In fact, if you did get a couple wrong,

I want you to use them in a sentence

in the comments below this video.

That will really help the meaning of these phrasal verbs

to sink in.

Oh man, I could keep going with phrasal verbs forever!

And if this quiz made you realise that you'd like to

keep practising with me,

well, don't forget to subscribe to my channel

just down there. You'll get new lessons

just like these ones, every week.

So come and join me in the next lesson.

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