9 Images to Help you Learn Phrasal Verbs with Take
There are many different uses of the same phrasal verb, which can be confusing for English language learners. For example, “take off” can apply to removing shoes and clothes, but it can also be about an airplane departing and flying up into the sky. In fact, there are seven different ways of using the phrasal verb “take up,” for example.
So, in order to minimize confusion, I tried to put some visual images with the phrasal verbs so that students can remember them more easily. The list below doesn’t cover all the phrasal verbs with take, but it does show some of the most common phrasal verbs.
Here is a list of many common phrasal verbs with TAKE:
A fun dialogue that mixes a number of phrasal verbs with TAKE:
Mary: Did you take out the trash?
Sandy: Yes. I took out the trash and recycling this morning.
Mary. Thanks a lot! Did you take apart the bike yet to see why the brakes aren’t working properly?
Sandy: I haven’t taken that job on yet, but I think I’ll take care of it later today when I’ve got a sec.
Mary: That would be fantastic. We could go for a bike ride on Sunday and take advantage of the great weather.
Sandy: That is such a great idea. I think I’ll take you up on that offer.
Mary: We could even take some food to the park and have a picnic and invite a few friends.
Sandy: The other day Robert told me he had taken up the guitar, so we could ask him to bring his guitar to the park.
Mary: That sounds like fun, but it might take up too much time. I have to study for an English exam on Sunday night.
Sandy: Well, you can always leave early! I’m just excited to take off my shoes and walk barefoot in the grass.
Mary: Yeah. Me too. I want to take in the smell of freshly cut grass and enjoy the sun because I’ve been spending way too much time indoors.
Sandy: I hear ya! I look forward to doing this. I’ll call you tomorrow.
Mary: See ya later!
9 Examples of Phrasal Verbs with Take with Mini-Dialogues:
Example #1: TAKE OUT
TAKE OUT EXAMPLE:
Jeff: Did you take out the trash and recycling yesterday.
Jim: Of course. Didn’t you notice that the kitchen smells so much better.
Example #2: TAKE OFF
TAKE OFF EXAMPLE:
Jake: Could you please take off your shoes before you come inside?
Bob: Sure. No problem. I’ll take them off and put them on the shoe rack.
Example #3: TAKE OFF
TAKE OFF EXAMPLE
Susan: What time did your plane take off?
Sally: It took off around 9:30pm.
Example #4: TAKE DOWN
TAKE DOWN EXAMPLE:
Anne: Can you please take down my flight information so that we don’t loose it!
Jim: Of course. I will write it down on a post-it note.
Example #5: Take Someone Out
TAKE SOMEONE OUT EXAMPLE:
Bert: Hey Jill, can I take you out to a Japanese restaurant on Saturday night?
Jill: I’d love that. Thanks. I’ll take you up on that offer!
Example #6: Take Up
TAKE UP EXAMPLE:
Shannon: Did you hear that Sam has taken up playing the guitar?
Thom: I know! I hear him practicing the guitar every day at 11am.
Example #7: TAKE IN
TAKE IN EXAMPLE:
Bella: When I saw the waterfall for the first time, I took in the beauty that surrounded me and felt so much freedom and happiness. I felt like I was on top of the world.
Jenny: Wow! That’s amazing. Can we go there sometime together?
Example #8: TAKE ON
TAKE ON EXAMPLE:
Amber: My boss designated a new environmental project to our team. We are going to take it on.
Seth: That sounds thrilling! Congratulations.
Example #9: TAKE OVER
Ben: The citizens are taking over the city because they are fed up with police using violence against African-Americans and people of color.
Tod: The situation is quite disturbing. I hope the violence ends because we’ve all had enough.
TEST YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF PHRASAL VERBS WITH TAKE WITH THIS QUIZ:
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