CBSE Class 8 English Phrasal Verbs Concepts and Exercise


An idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.

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?

Fill in the blanks with the phrasal verbs given below:

go ahead, break down, give away, back up, turn down,

check in, look into, get back, let down , ask around

  1. He ________ me ______ when all the others deserted me.
  2. We ______________ at the airport much before the scheduled time.
  3. The construction of the new bridge will ______________ as planned.
  4. A committee was set up to _____________ the problems of the area.
  5. I have not seen her here, but I will still ________________________.
  6. He _______________ most of his money in charity.
  7. His health ________________ because of his continuous night shifts.
  8. I hope to _______________to you on the issue by next week.
  9. I promised my parents that I will never ______________ down.
  10. He ________________ the invitation to take over the team’s captaincy.


Complete the sentences with the phrasal verbs given in the help box.

 get over, get on, look after, turn up, take after, take back

break into, cut in , hand over, hand out

  1. Somebody ______________ his house and took all valuables and cash.
  2. We were having a conversation when he came up and ________________.
  3. She’s is ambitious and eager to ___________ in the world.
  4. I think we can _________________ the problem without much difficulty.
  5. Rajitha is a pretty girl, she has ________________ her mother.
  6. She failed to ________________for work on Monday.
  7. The minister urged the school children to _______________ the saplings they had planted.
  8. The guards caught the thief and _____________ him _________ to the police.
  9. The government has agreed to _____________ those people who had been fired.
  10. I won’t _________________ your phone number without your permission.


Complete the phrasal verbs with the correct prepositions:

  1. A car cut ________ and nearly caused an accident.
  2. Eventually Radhika backed___________ and apologized.
  3. Our school broke _________ for the summer vacations in May.
  4. The dealer backed ___________ of the agreement.
  5. We are trying to cut ___________ on the amount we spend on food.
  6. We had to go _____________ water and electricity for two days after the cyclone.
  7. The dog was run ____________ by a speeding car.
  8. It would be dangerous to go ___________ the killer on your own.
  9. I ran ____________ a very old friend in the market place.
  10. I handed _________ a letter of apology from my friend to my teacher.



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