Advanced English Grammar



Phrasal Verb TAKE

The phrasal verb take, like get, is one of the more popular English phrasal verbs. Look over the list below and then do the exercise that follows.

Check your answers when you are through to see how well you know the phrasal verb take.

TAKE AFTER = resemble a parent - similar to

Most people say I take after my father. I look a lot like him.

TAKE AROUND = introduce, show

Let me take you around to those you don't know.

TAKE AWAY = A. remove B. leave (mentally, in your mind)

A. Mother took the toys away from the children for misbehaving.
B. The smell of coconut oil took me away to a tropical island.

TAKE BACK = A. retract sth said B. return sth to a store, exchange

A. The politician tried to take back what he said to the press.
B. The gift I received didn't fit, so I took it back and exchanged it for sth else.

TAKE DOWN = A. write what is spoken, keep notes B. remove

A. The secretary took down the minutes of the meeting
B. The building owners had to take down the wifi tower on top of their building.

TAKE FOR = consider, view

Don't take him for an idiot... he's actually quite smart.

TAKE IN = A. learn B. deceive C. make smaller D. watch

A. Many students have difficulties taking in all these phrasal verbs.
B. She was taken in by the smooth talking salesman.
C. The tailor took in my jacket after I lost weight.
D. Let's take in a movie sometime.

TAKE OFF = A. launch plane or rocket B. remove C. leave work for some time D. leave

A. The rocket took off with a loud blast and cloud of smoke.
B. "Take off your shoes, I just vacuumed," said mother.
C. I took a few days off of work last week as I was a bit sick.
D. We took off after the last bell rang.

TAKE ON = accept responsibilities

She has taken on more than she can handle I'm afraid.

TAKE OVER = take control of

Mike took over the family business when his father retired.

TAKE OUT = A. date, court B. kill C. remove

A. I am taking Jill out to a movie tonight.
B. The mob ordered a hit on three fingers Tony. They are going to take him out.
C. He had to take out the garbage after dinner.

TAKE TO = A. like B. adjust naturally

A. She has really taken to John since she's been here visiting.
B. The baby ducks took to the water like, well, ducks to water.

TAKE UP = A. begin a hobby B. discuss at later time C. shorten a garment D. occupy space

A. "Who took up archery? I see the bow and arrows over there."
B. This should be taken up at the next meeting.
C. "She's nuts! She wants her mini skirt taken up."
D. "He takes up too much space. Do we have to share a room?"

Phrasal Verb TAKE exercise 



1. He took ____ the assassin before the killer got him.
2. They took ____ business and it flourished no time.
3. John couldn't take _____ living in the city. He was a country boy.
4. Jill took ____ the sweater I gave her as it didn't fit.
5. They took ____ everything we said and told us they might use it against us.
6. At 60 years old he took ___ golf and won a tournament for seniors.
7. The first day of university they take you ____ and show you were everything is.
8. He took him ___ a woman when he first entered the shop because of his hair.
9. I'm taking a couple of days ___ next week to paint the house.
10. She took ____ the management of the company after her father passed.
11. They took ____ all their clothes after their crash diet.
12. She took ____ all her clothes in order to use the shower.
 Your score is  

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