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Uncle Bob’s new assistant Phrasal verbs with Take

Uncle Bob’s company was taken over by a big multi-national. He had to take on more work, and take on a lot more responsibility. All the paperwork began to take up too much time, so he bought a computer. But it immediately broke down so he took it back. Then he had an idea, he decided to take on a new assistant. Wendy was very nice, he immediately took to her. On her first day he gave her lots of instructions and told her to take down everything he said. But there was too much information, she couldn’t take it all in. Poor Wendy. So Bob gave her a different job, taking care of the accounts. Everything went well for the first month, then one day Wendy didn’t turn up for work. Bob called her home, but there was no answer. She had disappeared. Then the bank manager rang. Wendy had disappeared, and so had all the money from Uncle Bob’s bank account! Poor Uncle Bob had been completely taken in by Wendy. The police are still looking for her.
Match the phrasal verb with the definition


  1. Take to someone

  2. Take up time


  3. Take over

  4. Take someone in

  5. Take on responsibility

  6. Take care of something or someone

  7. Take in information

  8. Take on staff

  9. Take something back to a shop

  10. Take down information in writing

  1. Like someone the first time you meet


  2. Take control

  3. Employ someone new

  4. Understand and remember information

  5. Return something because it is faulty or borrowed

  6. Expend time doing something

  7. Look after someone or deal with a matter (Bills, an enquiry)

  8. Have more responsibility or work

  9. Make a note of something in writing

  10. Deceive someone into believing something that isn’t true


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 reuse it again and again.

Uncle Bob’s company was __________ by a big multi-national. He had to __________more work, and __________ a lot more responsibility. All the paperwork began to __________too much time, so he bought a computer. But it immediately broke down so he __________ it__________. Then he had an idea, he decided to __________ a new assistant. Wendy was very nice, he immediately __________ her. On her first day he gave her lots of instructions and told her to __________ everything he said. But there was too much information, she couldn’t __________ it all__________. Poor Wendy. So Bob gave her a different job, __________ of the accounts. Everything went well for the first month, then one day Wendy didn’t turn up for work. Bob called her home, but there was no answer. She had disappeared. Then the bank manager rang. Wendy had disappeared, and so had all the money from Uncle Bob’s bank account! Poor Uncle Bob had been completely __________ by Wendy. The police are still looking for her.

Ask your partner these questions. Use the phrasal verbs in your answers.


  1. Do you often take to people the first time you meet them. Or do you need to time to get to know them?

  2. Does your homework take up a lot of time? What other things take up too much time?

  3. Should big supermarkets be allowed to take over small grocery stores?

  4. How difficult do you think it is to take care of a baby?

  5. When did you last take something back to a shop?

  6. Have you or someone you know, ever been taken in by someone?

  7. Does the internet make it easier for people to be taken in?

Dominic Streames efltheatreclub.co.uk © 2011






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