How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs


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Why is a separable phrasal verb called separable?

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Why is the following sentence an idiom?

Magali was excited about the opportunities she would have if she made it into Harvard but was careful not to put the cart before the horse.


Identify the type of idiom or phrasal verb used in the sentence that follows:

If Jessie didn't get his grades up, he would have to drop out of high school.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Including idioms and phrasal verbs in your writing can make your writing more meaningful, and are part of writing with cultural contexts in mind. This quiz will help you determine if you can recognize different types of phrasal verbs in sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Straight idioms
  • Separable phrasal verbs
  • Inseparable phrasal verbs
  • Intransitive phrasal verbs

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on idioms and phrasal verbs
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how idioms and phrasal verbs are used in sentences
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to accurately identify straight idioms and different types of phrasal verbs

Additional Learning

To learn more about idioms and phrasal verbs, review the corresponding lesson on How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs. This lesson will help you:

  • Recognize straight idioms in writing or speech
  • Identify and classify different types of phrasal verbs
  • Learn how to use idioms and phrasal verbs effectively