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What are English phrasal verbs with take?

English phrasal verbs with take are the most difficult part in learning English. Understanding phrasal verbs with take isn’t so complicated but remembering them is like rocket science. English phrasal verbs with take are a combination of a verb and preposition or adverb. It means that when you have one verb and you add a preposition to that verb, it changes its meaning and a new word, a phrasal verb is created. For example: the verb, take, means to carry something from one place to another. But, if you add a preposition, for example, on, the verb take gets another meaning, i.e. to employ or to accept new duties. This is how phrasal verbs with take are formed. See the examples below:

  • Before you leave, don’t forget to take your keys.
  • Our business is thriving so we need to take on more employees.
  • As a new worker I had to take on many tasks.

As you can see, to the verb take we can add many prepositions or adverbs and the result is that the verb take gets plenty of different meanings. Well, when somebody wants to learn phrasal verbs with take, they might get a little bit confused.

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Why are English phrasal verbs difficult to learn?

Despite phrasal verbs with take are so common and used on a daily basis, they can cause many troubles for English learners. There are a few reasons. Firstly, phrasal verbs with take might be confusing because their meanings, just as idioms, aren’t easy to guess. Phrasal verbs with take look very simple, you assume one meaning but it turns out that the definition of the given phrasal verb is totally different. In fact, most of phrasal verbs aren’t always intuitive. Secondly, there are dozens of phrasal verbs with take and they are all alike. Moreover, one phrasal verb can have a few meanings, everything depends on contex. Thirdly, it’s impossible to learn all phrasal verbs with take at once. The best way how you can learn phrasal verbs with take is to choose several of them and practise them in sentences. When you are sure, you already know these phrasal verbs you can move to another group or part.

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Learn and practise phrasal verbs with take

In this part I would like to present you a group of English phrasal verbs with take. I also would like to show you a way how to learn and how to practise phrasal verbs with take. This entry focuses on 12 phrasal verbs with take. There are 12 phrasal verbs but each of them has 2 meanings what gives you 24 meanings to remember. I divided the learning process into two parts. The first part deals with 6 phrasal verbs with take, these are: take off, take out, take away, take down, take over and take on. Below you will find four online exercises devoted only to this group of phrasal verbs with take. The first phrasal verbs exercise focuses on meanings of the phrasal verbs. Your task is to choose two meanings of each phrasal verb. When you master this step, you can move to the second phrasal verb exercise. In this quizz, there are 12 definitions of the phrasal verbs and your task is to choose the correct phrasal verb which is described there. In the third phrasal verb exerise there are 12 sentences with blank spaces and you must decide which of the given phrasal verbs suits best to complete the sentence. The last phrasal verb exercise of this part includes another 12 sentences with blank spaces but this time it is you who must decide which phrasal verb is missing and write down the suitable one. The last phrasal verb exercise will show you how well you have mastered this group of the phrasal verbs with take. If you are sure you already know these phrasal verbs, you can go to the second part.

The second part deals with another 6 phrasal verbs with take and these are: take back, take up, take after, take in, take apart and take to. This part follows the same pattern of exercises as the previous one.

I hope that learning phrasal verbs with take step by step will help you to remember their meanings. Remember that when you finally learn these phrasal verbs with take, it doesn’t mean you will remember them forever. You need to come back to such exercises and practise phrasal verbs with take as much as you can.

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For more practice you can write your own sentences examples of phrasal verbs with take in comments. For sure they will be very useful for all of us.

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Exercise 1

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 1

Choose two synonyms for each phrasal verb with TAKE.

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TAKE DOWN

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TAKE OUT

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TAKE OFF

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TAKE ON

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TAKE AWAY

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TAKE OVER

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Exercise 2

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 1, Practice 1

Choose the correct phrasal verbs to the given definitions.

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To remove something so that you no longer have it.

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To buy food in a restaurant and eat it somewhere else, for example, at home.

3 / 12

Become very successful or popular very quickly and suddenly, for example, a career, a product or an activity.

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Become bigger, more important or powerful than something else.

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Become responsible for something, especially instead of somebody else.

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Reach and get something from a higher place.

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To write something that somebody else has just said or to note some information.

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Rise into the air or leave the ground.

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Go with somebody to a cinema, club, restaurant or theatre and pay for them.

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Accept a job or responsibility, especially a difficult or demanding one.

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Get an official document or service, for example, from a bank or a company.

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To employ or hire somebody.

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Exercise 3

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 1, Practice 2

Choose the correct phrasal verb to complete the sentence.

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After signing a lucrative contract our boss __________ us __________ for dinner. (invite)

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Phil’s sons ______________ the company in 2010. (get control of)

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Mike was stopped at the airport and customs officers __________ his passport _________. (keep)

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When emotions _______________, it’s difficult to think logically. (be more important than)

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They can’t afford to buy a house unless they _______________ a mortgage. (get money from a bank)

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I don’t feel like cooking today, let’s have some food to _______________. (to go)

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The birds _______________ from a tree and flew towards the lake. (go up)

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It’s high time you _______________ all the decorations. Christmas is over. (remove)

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If they want this project to _______________, they should involve more marketing experts. (become successful)

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I think she _______________too much and that’s why she’s so depressed. She needs to lighten up a bit. (have too many duties)

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There is such a tremendous backlog that we need to _______________ extra staff. (employ)

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Why aren’t you _______________ what I’m saying? This will be on your exam. (write)

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 1, Practice 3

Write the correct phrasal verb with TAKE to complete the sentence.

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Everyone should __________ travel insurance in case your trip doesn’t go as you planned.

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If he wants to ______ her _____ to the cinema, it must mean something.

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The plane __________ and then landed due to some technical failure.

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Let me take a pencil, I will __________ your number.

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I can’t reach that box, can you __________ it __________ for me, please?

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We are sorry, we can’t __________ any new job at the moment. We’re completely snowed under with work.

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She knew all the juicy gossip but her loyalty __________ and she kept it to herself.

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He had been driving for a few hours and he was tired so I __________ the wheel.

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Jack’s lawyer career __________ after meeting prominent businessmen. Now, he is a successful lawyer.

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Meals that are to __________ don’t have to be unhealthy.

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During holidays Bob usually __________ seasonal workers who don’t mind working unlimited hours.

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I don’t have the game because my parents __________ it __________.

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 2

Choose two synonyms for each phrasal verb with TAKE.

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take back

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take up

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take apart

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take in

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take after

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take to

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 2, Practice 1

Choose the correct phrasal verb to the given definition.

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To make somebody believe something that is not true or to lie to somebody.

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To run after somebody quickly.

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To start liking somebody or something especially after knowing them for a very short time.

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To fill or use an amount of space, time or effort.

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To show what somebody’s weaknesses are or that somebody is wrong or something is not true.

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To start doing something regularly as a habit.

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To return something to the shop because of the wrong size or because it doesn’t work properly, or to return something where you borrowed it from because you don’t need it anymore.

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To be similar to a memebr of your family, especially mother or father, in appearance or behaviour.

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To seperate something, for example some equipment or a machine, into its different parts.

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To allow somebody to stay in your house, especially because they have nowhere else to go or give somebody place to stay and live.

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To admit that something you said is wrong and you shouldn’t have said that.

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To become interested in some activity or some subject and devote your time doing it, for example, a new hobby or a career.

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 2, Practice 2

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They need to ________ my coffee machine to check why it isn’t working.

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This task _________ too much of my precious time.

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When I saw him, I started running and then he __________ me.

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My presentation was _________. The teacher said the information in it wasn’t reliable.

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Amanda is an animal lover and she’s compassionate what means that if she could, she would _________ all stray cats and dogs.

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If I were you, I would _________ this dress. It just doesn’t suit you.

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You can’t blame her for her behaviour, she completely _________ you. You are alike.

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If I were younger, I would __________ kitesurfing.

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OK, I _____ it _____. I said too much because I was angry.

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After reading many articles, Nia ________ buying only organic food.

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I ________ my new neigbours immediately.

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How could I let them _____ me _____? I will never trust them again.

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Phrasal Verbs Take, Part 2, Practice 3

Write the correct phrasal verb with TAKE to complete the sentence.

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Your shoes _________ too much space in this wardrobe.

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My daughter _________ her grandma with her love for animals.

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Don’t be so naive. Can’t you see they _________ you ____? Open your eyes!

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Unfortunately, when she saw the offender again, she _________ her accusations. She must have been cowed.

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When she wanted to lose weight, she _________ fasting after 6 p.m.

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Why did you _________ me _____ in front of my friends? It was humiliating.

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My family _________a foreign student from Spain. Javier is such a polite guy.

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The police _________ the thieves but they couldn’t catch them.

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There’s a letter for you, the library wants you to _________ some books.

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Peter _________ volleyball recently. We’re pretty impressed by his engagement.

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To our surprise, our son _________his kindergarten. He loves going there.

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Mobile phones used to be easy to _________ but today there is no way  even to open it.

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Phrasal verbs - TURN

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