CBSE Class 8 English Grammar Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs

What is a phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a
meaning different from the original verb alone.

Example :


To get  =  to obtain

I need to get a new battery for my camera.

To get together  =to meet

Why don’t we all get together for lunch one day?

Phrasal verbs are part of a large group of verbs called “multi-part” or "multi-word” verbs.
The preposition or adverb that follows the verb is sometimes called a particle.

Phrasal verbs and other multi-word verbs are an important part of the English language.
However, they are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts.


I  Fill in the  blanks with suitable phrasal verbs from the options given below:.

(Change the tense if required)

bounce back      drop by      rub in      fish out    look into        call off      

sail through      lay off    push around   brings up   kick around    

a) I requested the police to _______________the matter.

b) We decided to _______________picnic because of bad weather.

c) Yuvraj has ____________________after recovering from cancer.

d) My mother always ___________the fact that I did not perform well in exams.

e)The salesman ________________his visiting card from his pocket.

f) Raj was finally able to __________________the interview and get the job.

g) The student was suspended from school as he _________________his juniors.

h) Payal always____________________ the topic of her latest mobile phone as she is a show off.

i) It took some time for ___________________that  Ayesha had won the beauty contest.

j)  I will __________________at the supermarket on my way  back from office. 

II.  Use the following phrasal verbs in sentences of your own:

a) bend over backwards____________________________________

b) come up with___________________________________________

c) fall back on_____________________________________________

d) do away with___________________________________________

e) muddle through__________________________________________

f) think through____________________________________________

g) keep down______________________________________________

h) look down on____________________________________________

i) carry out________________________________________________

j) pick oneself up__________________________________________

Ques.3 Match the following phrasal verbs with their meanings:

a) drop by                     take out

b) sink in                       release from a job

c) fish out                      retreat

d) make do with           finally realize

e) lay off                     complete a pending task

f) back down                avoid

g) come around          unable to keep up

h) fall behind              be satisfied with

i) catch up on             fish out

j) shy away from         agree to



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