Byron Bay – Phrasal Verbs with Take – 18 August 20

In our second blog on common phrasal verbs and their meanings, we’re looking at those beginning with TAKE. Have a look at the questions below, first.

Take

 

Part 1. Look at the example sentences and answer the questions that follow:

 

John is such a funny guy. He takes after his grandfather.

  1. Was John’s grandfather funny?
  2. Is John like his grandfather?
  3. What does take after mean?

 

We took down the Christmas decorations on January 5.

  1. Where were the Christmas decorations on January 4?
  2. Where were the Christmas decorations on January 6?
  3. What does take down mean?

 

I’m working on an urgent project that’s taking up all my spare time.

  1. Do I have any free time at the moment?
  2. Why/why not?
  3. What does take up mean?

 

Part 2. Look at these example sentences. Can you work out the meaning of the phrasal verb from the context?

 

  1. My friend lost his job and his apartment, so I took him in for a month.
  2. Do you have time to take on a new project?
  3. I’m sorry I said you were stupid. I take it back.
  4. In the last few years, social media sites have taken off all over the world.
  5. He’s taken to tennis like a duck to water.

 

Part 3. Look at these definitions. Can you work out which phrasal verb they refer to?

  1. return something to a store
  2. leave the ground and go up into the air
  3. go with somebody to a restaurant or movie and pay for their food or ticket
  4. start doing something regularly
  5. make clothing smaller so that it fits you

 

Now you can check your answers below. How many of these phrasal verbs do you know?

 

Remember to add any new ones to your vocabulary notebook and write your own personal example sentences to help you remember them.

 

take after somebody

have a similar appearance or personality (especially a relative)She takes after her mother – they have the same green eyes and curly brown hair.
take something apartseparate something into partsThe technician is taking apart the TV so that he can fix it.
take something backreturn something to a storeThe jeans I bought were too small, so I took them back and exchanged them for a larger size.
take something backadmit that something you said was wrongI’m sorry I said you were stupid. I take it back.
take something downremove something that is on a wall or that is temporary or to separate a structure into partsAfter the circus was over, the workers took down the big tents.
take something downwrite information on paperShe took down my address and phone number and said she’d call me later.
take someone for somethingaccept or believe someone is that thingI could have taken him for your brother
take somebody inlet somebody live in your houseMy friend lost his job and his apartment, so I took him in for a month.
take something inreceive and understand informationThe instructor spoke so fast that I couldn’t take in all the information.
take something inmake clothing smaller so that it fits youI love this dress, but it’s a little too loose. Could you take it in an inch?
take offleave the ground and go up into the airWhat time does the plane take off?
take offbecome successful or popular very fastIn the last few years, social media sites have taken off all over the world.
take offleave a place suddenly

 

He was at the party for about 15 minutes, and then he took off.
take something off

 

remove a piece of clothing from your bodyI always take off my shoes as soon as I get home.
take something offnot go to work for a period of timeJamie took three days off to go skiing in the mountains
take something onaccept some work or responsibilityDo you have time to take on a new project?
take somebody onhire or employ somebody

 

The company has taken on three new staff members.
take somebody onfight or compete against somebodyIn tonight’s boxing match, Antonio will take on an undefeated boxer from Argentina.
take somebody outgo with somebody to a restaurant or movie and pay for their food or ticketI’m taking my girlfriend out to dinner on our anniversary.
take something outremove something from a placeI took the letter out of the envelope.
take something out on somebodytreat an innocent person badly because you are tired or angry about something elseHey, I know you had a terrible day at work – but don’t take it out on me!
take over somethingtake control/dominateI don’t like being in Sally’s team because she always takes over everything.
take to somebody/somethingstart to like someone or something or to start something and be good at itHe’s taken to tennis like a duck to water.
take to somethingstart doing something oftenShe was so depressed she took to drink
take somebody through somethingexplain something to somebody in detailLet me take you through the procedure for operating this machine.
take up somethingfill space or timeThese books are taking up all the space in my room.
take up somethingstart doing something regularlyI’ve recently taken up yoga.
take somebody up on somethingAccept an offer or invitation“When you travel to China, you’re welcome to stay at my house.”

“Really? I might take you up on that!”

take something up with somebodycomplain to someone about a problemIf you don’t like the way I do my job, take it up with my manager.

 

Ready to practise?

KAHOOT

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Here you will find multiple choice question where you need to choose the correct phrasal verb to finish the sentence. You’ll be competing against other players this month. This round ends on 14 September 2020.

Kahoot 1

 

QUIZLET

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 Here you will find flashcards and tests where you can STUDY the phrasal verbs and their definitions and then PLAY a matching game where you try to match the phrasal verbs/definitions in the fastest time.

Quizlet 1

 

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