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
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.
Who do you get on with? Who don´t you get on with?
How often did you get into trouble when you were young?
Have you ever cheated in test and got away with it?
Is it easier to get round your Mum or your dad?
Who can get round you?
What things get you down? Rainy days?
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.
She knows how to __________ her mother when she wants something. ………………..
I don’t _____________ with him. I find him annoying. ………………..
You need to __________ the bus at the church and then walk from there. ………………..
He won’t _____________ it, the police have a witness*. ………………..
The dark cloudy days really __________ me __________. It’s so miserable! ………………..
We can __________________ the building through this door. ………………..
I was always _________________ when I was a boy. I was very naughty. ………………..
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.
Answer: Angela took up smoking when she was twelve.
He can make his dad give him anything.
I have a good relationship with my in-laws*. (in-laws: mother/father in law)
You need to leave the bus when it gets to the park.
You need to _________________________________________________________
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 inby 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.