Some grammarians use the term “multi-word verbs” to include phrasal and prepositional verbs — in other words, verbs that consist of a base verb and one or two “small words”. Test your knowledge of multi-word verbs with the following exercises.
Multi-word verbs – background information
There are four different types of multi-word verb:
intransitive phrasal verbs (verb + adverbial particle):
The plane took off half an hour late.
transitive phrasal verbs (verb + adverbial particle + object):
Please throw away these letters.
prepositional verbs (verb + preposition + object):
I’m waiting for my sister.
phrasal-prepositional verbs (verb + adverbial particle + preposition + object):
I need to get on with my work.