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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