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MCQ on Phrasal verbs

Our monthly expenditure ___________ by five hundred rupees when we decided to buy milk from the milkman.

  • grew up
  • shot up
  • got up
  • lifted up
  • Correct Option: A  [ shot up ]

    Remark: "shot up": increase (become bigger or greater in amount)

As she was turning out papers she came across the letter she had been looking for.

  • saw from a distance
  • found unexpectedly
  • touched
  • read quickly
  • Correct Option: B  [ found unexpectedly ]

    Remark: "came across": to meet or find someone or something by chance.

The boss simply could not _________ his inefficiency any more.

  • put off
  • put up with
  • put down
  • put across
  • Correct Option: B  [ put up with ]


You are unable to _________ the meaning of this passage.

  • make off
  • make out
  • make over
  • make up
  • Correct Option: B  [ make out ]

    Remark: "make out": understand, comprehend (to find the meaning of)

To look quickly through a book is an important study skill.

  • to skim
  • to summarize
  • to outline
  • to paraphrase
  • Correct Option: A  [ to skim ]

    Remark: "to skim ": To read, study, or examine superficially and rapidly.

He rose to power through flattery.

  • by the way
  • by means of
  • by no means
  • none of these
  • Correct Option: B  [ by means of ]


When the boy was put into a boarding school, he quickly fell into line without his usual indiscipline behaviors.

  • stood in a line
  • turned straight
  • became orderly
  • none of these
  • Correct Option: C  [ became orderly ]

    Remark: "fell into line": starts to follow the rules, behave according to expected standards of behaviour.

His honesty was doubted.

  • called in question
  • at large
  • well and good
  • above all
  • Correct Option: A  [ called in question ]

    Remark: "called in question": to cause doubts about something

We must always lookout for friends.

  • seeing
  • waiting
  • thinking
  • searching
  • Correct Option: D  [ searching ]


I hope you can _________ the money you spent ! (Phrasal verbs)

  • account for
  • account upon
  • account with
  • account to
  • Correct Option: A  [ account for ]

    Remark: "account for" means to provide an explanation or justification for something, or to give a detailed report or record of something.

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