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FCE - B2 - phrasal verbs in English - 10.

Phrasal verbs from R - S.

Choose the correct preposition or adverb particle for the answer boxes to complete the phrasal verbs. See explanations below after the test and translations in Spanish.


I ran ____ John in the supermarket today. I hadn't seen him for ages.


1) We set ____ early this morning. We had a long drive ahead of us.

2) The car just stopped in the road. Apparently, they had run ____ of petrol.

3) The bosses refused to give a pay rise, which set ____ a strike from the employees.

4) I like to shop ____ before buying. You might find something cheaper somewhere else.

5) Will you shut ____! I can't hear the film!

6) He likes to show ____ his new car so we can see how well off he is.

7) Mary's uncle just showed ____ one day at her house. She hadn't seen him for ten years.

8) My older brother always sticks ____ for me in an argument; he always takes my side.

9) The tourists were set ____ in the street by muggers. Their money and documents were stolen.

10) After the death of his aunt there was a lot of paperwork to sort ____.



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Example - run into (somebody) (meet someone you know by chance - in Spanish, toparse con alguien)

1) set off / out (start a journey by car, etc. - in Spanish, emprender un viaje)

2) run out (of) (have no more of something, eg. petrol, milk in the fridge, etc. - in Spanish, quedarse sin algo)

3) set off (prompt or initiate some action - in Spanish, dar lugar a, desencadenar)

4) shop around (compare prices, quality, etc. before buying - in Spanish, mirar tiendas y comparar precios)

5) shut up (be quiet, stop talking - rather rude expression - in Spanish, callarse)

6) show off (brag, try to impress people - in Spanish, presumir)

7) show up (appear suddenly and unexpectedly (people or things) - in Spanish, aparecer cuando nadie lo espera)

8) stick up for / stand up for (defend somebody, take their side in an argument - in Spanish, sacar la cara por alguien, defender)

9) set on / upon (attack somebody - here, to rob them - in Spanish, atacar a alguien - aquí, para robarles.)

10) sort out / through (organize, check, papers, etc. - in Spanish, organizar, ordenar - papeles, etc.)

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