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The Zoo Phrasal verbs with Get

I get on with my cousin Charlie. The problem is I don’t get on with his kids. He is a single parent. They are always getting up to something as soon as your back is turned. But they never get into trouble, they always get away with it. They are very clever! Anyway, Charlie came to visit. He said being a single parent was getting him down. I said he should get out more. I offered to baby-sit while he went out. Big mistake! His children asked me to take them to the zoo. I refused because it’s so expensive, but they managed to get round me. They always know how to get round me, I’m too soft! So we all got on the bus, and got off in front of the zoo. I told them to meet me at the café in one hour. Don’t get up to anything! I said. The zoo was very peaceful. The peace lasted about ten minutes. Suddenly there were people shouting, screaming, police sirens. The Kids. Yes, they had managed to get into the lion’s enclosure and the lions had escaped. Unfortunately the kids fell into the pool and got pneumonia. The doctor said they would soon get over the illness. I don’t think I will ever get over the experience.

Exercise 1. Match the phrasal verb with the definition


  1. Get on with someone

  2. Get over an illness or bad experience

  3. Get into somewhere

  4. Get away with something

  5. Get on a bus/train

  6. Get off a bus/train

  7. Get round someone

  8. Get up to something bad

  9. Get into trouble

  10. Get someone
    down




  1. Enter a bus, or train

  2. Leave a bus or train

  3. Persuade or convince someone to do something

  4. Have a good relationship with someone

  5. manage to enter somewhere

  6. Do something (naughty)

  7. Be told off because of your actions

  8. Recover from

  9. Make someone depressed

  10. Do something bad and not get caught

Read through the story with a partner and see if you can remember which verbs go in each gap. DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING. Then you can use it again and again.

I _________ my cousin Charlie. The problem is I don’t _________ his Kids. He is a single parent. They are always _________ something as soon as your back is turned. But they never _________ trouble, they always _________ it. They are very clever! Anyway, Charlie came to visit. He said being a single parent was _________ him _________. I said he should _________ more. I offered to baby-sit while he went out. Big mistake! His children asked me to take them to the zoo. I refused because it’s so expensive, but they managed to _________ me. They always know how to _________ me, I’m too soft! So we all _________ the bus, and _________ in front of the zoo. I told them to meet me at the café in one hour. Don’t _________ anything! I said. The zoo was very peaceful. The peace lasted about ten minutes. Suddenly there were people shouting, screaming, police sirens. The Kids. Yes, they had managed to _________ the lion’s enclosure and the lions had escaped. Unfortunately the kids fell into the pool and got pneumonia. The doctor said they would soon _________ the illness. I don’t think I will ever get over the experience.

Ask you partner these questions. Use the phrasal verb in your answer.


  1. Who do you get on with? Who don´t you get on with?

  2. How often did you get into trouble when you were young?

  3. Have you ever cheated in test and got away with it?

  4. Is it easier to get round your Mum or your dad?

  5. Who can get round you?

  6. What things get you down? Rainy days?

  7. How would you get into your house if you lost your keys?

4. Add the correct phrasal verb in the correct form, to the following examples. Be careful to add any pronouns where necessary. Write the answer in the margin only so you can reuse this exercise again and again.


  1. She knows how to __________ her mother when she wants something. ………………..

  2. I don’t _____________ with him. I find him annoying. ………………..

  3. You need to __________ the bus at the church and then walk from there. ………………..

  4. He won’t _____________ it, the police have a witness*. ………………..

  5. The dark cloudy days really __________ me __________. It’s so miserable! ………………..

  6. We can __________________ the building through this door. ………………..

  7. I was always _________________ when I was a boy. I was very naughty. ………………..

  8. Take this medicine and you’ll soon ________________ your cold. ………………..

(*witness: someone who saw a crime)
5. Key word sentence transformations

Rewrite the first sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence, using the key word. You must not change the key word in any way.
Example: Angela started to smoke when she was twelve.

took


Angela

Answer: Angela took up smoking when she was twelve.




  1. He can make his dad give him anything.

get

He ________________________________________________________________




  1. I have a good relationship with my in-laws*. (in-laws: mother/father in law)

get

I __________________________________________________________________




  1. You need to leave the bus when it gets to the park.

get

You need to _________________________________________________________




  1. rainy weather makes me very sad.

gets

Rainy weather _______________________________________________________




  1. He was told off because he broke the window.

got

He ________________________________________________________________




  1. My little sister is always doing something naughty.

getting

My little sister _______________________________________________________




  1. He was ill but he was soon much better.

got

He _______________________________________________________________




  1. You can enter here.

get

You ______________________________________________________________




  1. He is never punished for what he does.

gets

He _______________________________________________________________



Answers

Phrasal verbs with Go Exercise 1: 1a 2b 3h 4d 5j 6c 7i 8e 9f 10g

Exercise 4: 1 went through 2 goes back 3 gone off 4 go on 5 go back 6 go out with

7 go off 8 go through 9 went out 10 gone up

Exercise 5: 1. She is going through a difficult time right now. 2. I’m going on a short trip to Rome

3. When the alarm went off, everyone went out of the shop very quickly. 4. I think this meat has gone off.

5. The price has gone up since last year. 6. Is he really going out with her. 7. We can walk for an hour and then go back.

8. I want to go through this contact carefully before I sign it.

Phrasal verbs with Make Exercise 1: 1b 2g 3f 4a 5e 6c 7h 8d 9i

Exercise 4: 1 making (it) up 2 made for 3 make of 4 make up 5 make up 6 make up my mind

7 make up for lost time 8 make out 9 make (it) out

Exercise 5: 1. The robber made up a story when the police interviewed him. 2. “When he left he made for the forest.”

3. I can’t make up my mind! 4. I can’t make it out. 5. We need to make up (for lost) time

6. What do you make of her new boyfriend? 7. They made up after the argument. 8. He was poor but he made out he was rich.


Phrasal verbs with Put Exercise 1: 1b 2e 3f 4a 5i 6j 7h 8c 9g 10d

Exercise 4: 1. put (some money) by 2. put (it) down 3. putting (it) off 4. put (it) out 5. put up with

6. put up 7. put (him) down) 8. put (you) up 9. put (me) through 10. put (me) off

Exercise 5: 1. I can buy the car if I put money by/aside for a year. 2.You have to do the job before tomorrow so don’t put it off.

3. I don’t want to put you off seeing the film because of what I said about it.

4. The firemen put out the fire. 5. Ok, I’ll put you through to the manager. 6. How do you put up with this heat? It’s boiling!


7. I can put you up if you want to stay the night. 8. We have put up our prices
Phrasal verbs with Turn Exercise 1: 1j 2f 3a 4k 5i 6b and g 7d 8c 9e 10h

Exercise 4: 1 turned away 2 turned it down 3 turned up 4 turn back 5 turned over 6 turned into

7 turned down 8 turn up 9 turned out 10 turn off

Exercise 5: 1 Frank will probably turn down the new offer 2 in the end the film turned out to be

3 If you hear a strange noise, turn off the engine 4 It was so hot they decided to turn back

5 The watch turned up in the bathroom 6 They couldn’t hear the film so they turned up the volume

7 The argument turned into a nasty fight 8 We were dressed too casually so the man on the door turned us away

9 There were too many of us in the boat and it turned over
Phrasal verbs with Look Exercise 1: 1i 2b 3g 4c 5f 6h 7j 8d 9e 10a

Exercise 4: 1 look into it 2 look after 3 look at 4 look up to 5 look out for 6 look it up 7 look through 8 looking forward to

9 looking for 10 looked for

Exercise 5: 1 When you buy things in a market, you have to look out for cheap imitations


2 My boss looked over the plans but seemed to think they were ok. 3 The police are looking into it.

4 …. it was my uncle who I really looked up to. 5 you could try to look it up in his address book.

6 The neighbours have said they would look after the dog while we are away. 7 I looked through the catalogue quickly but I didn’t see anything that caught my eye. 8 I’m really looking forward to seeing her after all this time.

Phrasal verbs with Take Exercise 1: 1a 2f 3b 4j 5h 6g 7d 8c 9e 10i

Exercise 4: 1 take on 2 take on 3 take in 4 take (it) back 5 takes up 6 took over

7 took down 8 take care 9 take to 10 taken in

Exercise 5: 1 He took down everything we said on a piece of paper. 2 We need to take on more people to work in the factory. 3 He takes care of his father 4 I’m going to take it back the shop

5 The new promotion means more money but I have taken on a lot more work. 6 I lost my job when a big company took over my company. 7. I was taken in by everything he told me. 8. I can’t take in all the information

Phrasal verbs with Get Exercise 1: 1d 2h 3e 4j 5a 6b 7c 8f 9g 10i

Exercise 4: 1. get round 2. get on 3. get off 4. get away with 5. get (me) down 6. get in

7. getting in trouble/getting up to something 8. get over

Exercise 5: 1. He can get round his dad. 2. I get on with my in-laws. 3. You need to get off the bus when it gets to the park.

4. Rainy weather gets me down. 5. He got into trouble because he broke the window. 6. He got over his illness.

7. You can get in here. 8. He always gets away with it.


Phrasal verbs with Bring Exercise 1: 1e 2f 3g 4c 5h 6a 7b 8d 9i

Exercise 4: 1 bring back 2 brought on 3 brought back 4 brought up 5 bring forward 6 bring in 7 brought up 8 bring round

9 bring out

Exercise 5: 1. The company wants to bring out another issue of the magazine. 2. Increased pollution could bring about catastrophic results. 3. She was brought up by her grandparents after the accident. 4 The boss decided to bring forward the date of the meeting to this Thursday. 5. He brought up the matter in the meeting on Friday. 6. She said she would bring back from England with that strong cheese he so liked. 7. That photograph brings back memories.


8. The job was too difficult so we brought in an expert. 9. After he fainted, Uncle Bob brought him round with some brandy.


Dominic Streames efltheatreclub.co.uk © 2011

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