Phrasal Verbs – Writing Exercise

Below are two charts of phrasal verbs for beginners.  These are the phrasal verbs contained in Chapters 1 and 2 of the Ultimate Phrasal Verb book.  If you don’t have a copy of that book for reference, you can use this link to look up the definitions of each:

Remember, phrasal verbs can be tricky.  They can often have more than one meaning.  They may also be separable or nonseparable.  For example:

I took my shoes off.

I took off my shoes.

However, when substituting a a pronoun in place of the noun, the pronoun must be placed between the verb and the preposition/particle:

I tookthem off.

The plane took off.

The plane took off.

I took off my shoes.

I took off my shoes.


Chapter 1

Take off Put on


Ran into


Come from Figure out Give back
Look for Put on Show up

Chapter 2

Come off Doze off Fall for
Give in Hear about Pull through
Stay off Throw up

Writing Exercise Instructions:

Create a short story.  Use as many of the above phrasal verbs as possible.  Try to use other forms (tenses) of the verbs.  For example:  Take off – took off – takes off – taking off – taken off.

The topic:  A young Turkish woman went to University in the U.S. on a full scholarship from the Turkish government.  She is now flying to a poor country to work with the poor.

Below are some suggestions for your story:

  • She is helping the poor as way to do something for others because of the scholarship she received.
  • There may be a handsome gentleman on the plane.
  • She, or another passenger, may be sick.

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