Phrasal verbs exercise

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in CBSE English Worksheets for Grade 10

Each sentence given below contains an incomplete phrasal verb. Complete the expression by supplying the right adverb particle or preposition.

1. He is not a good friend. You should keep ------------------------ from him.

a) away
b) out
c) back

2. The woman could not keep her emotions --------------------- when she narrated her traffic ordeal.

a) away
b) back
c) down

3. She said that she was telling the whole story but we knew she was keeping something -----------------------

a) down
b) back
c) off

4. Keep the volume -------------------- I want to get some sleep.

a) down
b) off
c) away

5. Inflation has made it impossible to keep prices ---------------------

a) off
b) down
c) away

6. Want to lose weight? You have to keep ----------------------- fatty foods.

a) away
b) off
c) back

7. He was ill but he kept ----------------------- working.

a) on
b) with
c) out

8. Keep your hat ------------------------; it is too hot outside.

a) on
b) away
c) down

9. She kept on --------------------- her illnesses the whole morning.

a) at
b) about
c) with

10. They put up a fence around the garden to keep rabbits ----------------------

a) out
b) on
c) down

Answers

1. He is not a good friend. You should keep away from him. (To keep away is to avoid somebody.)

2. The woman could not keep her emotions back when she narrated her traffic ordeal. (To keep your emotions, tears or anger back is to control them. To keep information back is to hide it. )

3. She said that she was telling the whole story but we knew she was keeping something back.

4. Keep the volume down. I want to get some sleep. (To keep noise or prices down is to keep them at a low level.)

5. Inflation has made it impossible to keep prices down.

6. Want to lose weight? You have to keep off fatty foods. (To keep off something is to avoid it.)

7. He was ill but he kept on working. (To keep on something is to continue doing it.)

8. Keep your hat on; it is too hot outside. (To keep something on is to continue wearing it.)

9. She kept on at/about her illnesses the whole morning. (To keep on at/about something is to continue talking about it in a boring way.)

10. They put up a fence around the garden to keep rabbits out. (To keep somebody out is to prevent them from entering.)

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