To have similar characteristics or appearance to a relative “Jay takes after his father, they’re both very charismatic”.
a. To dismantle “How many days after Christmas should you take down your decorations?”
b. To put in writing “I’ll take down your details and ask him to call you back”.
a. To allow someone to stay “His grandparents took him in when he was a boy”.
b. To store in your mind “I’ll never take in all these new lines for the play!”
a. To accept work “He took on a second job to pay off his debts”.
b. To employ someone, “We’re taking on extra staff for the busy Christmas period”.
To begin doing a hobby “She took up gardening after she retired”.
a. To start doing something as a habit “He’s taken to having a smoothie every morning”.
b. To start liking someone “I really took to her, she made me laugh all day”.
Now try this exercise to practise. Complete the gaps with the correct phrasal verb in the appropriate tense.
1. I need to get fit. I might _____ ___ pilates.
2. I ______ ____ the instructions, but I've lost the piece of paper! What should we do?
3. You really ______ ______ your grandmother. She had red hair and blue eyes too.
4. I've really ______ _____ this new exercise regime. I love feeling so energised.
5. My boss is going to ______ ____ 3 new sales executives. I don't think there'll be enough work for everyone.
6. Jim has ______ ____ wearing red trousers to work. It's quite bizarre!
7. You could ______ ____ a lodger to help pay the bills. You have got a spare room.
8. They're _______ _____ the scaffolding tomorrow - thank God!
Answers in the comments section.