Social English and Phrasal verbs

Worksheet 1


Stage 1- Warmer- Strangers on a Train

(Optional stage- brainstorm good conversational starters with strangers)


Imagine your partner is a stranger and start a conversation with them using one of the opening sentences below:


  1. Do you mind if I open the window?
  2. Do you mind if I smoke?
  3. Have you got a light?
  4. Have you got the time?
  5. Do you mind if I sit here?
  6. Can I borrow your paper (= newspaper)?
  7. Do you know what time this train arrives at Heathrow (= Heathrow Airport)?



Stage 2- Link to Everyday English page 101

Roleplay conversations with your partner starting with the lines below from page 101 with your books closed (you can continue the conversations anyway you like):



Excuse me! Can I get past?


Conversation 2

I hear you’re going to get married soon. Congratulations!


Conversation 3

Oh, dear! Look at the time! Hurry up, or we’ll miss the train.


Conversation 4

Good luck in your exam!


(Optional stage- practice the dialogues on page 101, covering more and more lines until you are doing the whole dialogues from memory)


Stage 3- Phrasal verb dialogues (link to page 100)

Start dialogues with the following sentences:


  1. Put on something warm. It’s cold today.
  2. There’s some ice-cream in the freezer. Can you get it out?
  3. Why are your clothes on the floor? Please pick them up.
  4. I’m going to take the dog out for a walk.
  5. When are you going back to your country?




New Headway Pre Intermediate U 12 Lesson 2

Worksheet 2


Stage 4- Phrasal verbs presentation and practice


Without looking back at Stage 3 above, try to fill the following gaps:


  1. Put __________ something warm. It’s cold today.
  2. There’s some ice-cream in the freezer. Can you get it ___________?
  3. Why are your clothes on the floor? Please pick them ________________.
  4. I’m going to take the dog ____________ for a walk.
  5. When are you going ___________________ to your country?

The missing words above are all part of verb + preposition or adverb. Can you brainstorm more prepositions or adverbs to go with each verb above (don’t worry about the meaning for now)?


Put      + (something) + on





Get      + up






Ask your teacher for the meaning of each verb + phrase above. Which ones have a literal meaning like “put on” and which ones aren’t literal like “look after (a baby)”?


What about the phrases below?


  1. Lie down
  2. Put out a cigarette
  3. Look up a word in a dictionary
  4. Turn round
  5. Walk out
  6. Look out!

Mime the literal and real meanings of the non-literal phrasal verbs above, e.g. looking out the window and paying attention.



Suggested answers for Stage 4

Put on – literal when meaning clothes, maybe not when meaning electrical items

Put (someone) through-

Put down – literal

Put in- literal

Put out (!)

Put up with

Put (somebody) up

Put by

Put away- literal when not talking about savings

Put (someone) off

Put (something) off


Get around

Get back – literal

Get in – (arrive) – maybe literal

Get into – (a car) – literal

Get along/ on (with)

Get with (it)

Get by

Get onto- literal

Get off – literal when means transport etc.

Get over

Get up

Get up to (something)

Get away – maybe literal

Get away with


New Headway Pre Intermediate U 12 Lesson 2

Worksheet 3


Stage 5- Link to Second Conditional


What would you do in the following situations? Would your partner do the same?


1. Your teacher walks out of the lesson


I would…


2. Your mother throws away your favourite T-shirt

3. Your car runs out of petrol (= gas/ gasoline) in the middle of the countryside

4. The person standing next to you puts out a cigarette on the floor of the lift (= elevator)

5. Your 95 year old grandmother offers to look after your baby

6. You are 17 years old and you don’t get on with your parents

7. Your younger sister is going out with a 65 year old man

What is the grammatical mistake in the question below? Which two words are different sentences are different tenses and so shouldn’t go together?


“What would you do if your teacher walks out of your lesson?”


Which two ways can you change the sentence to make it correct? How are those two sentences different in meaning?


PDF for easy saving and printing: Social English Phrasal verb conversations

Related pages

Social English page

Phrasal verbs page

Headway Pre-Intermediate Unit 12 page

Headway Pre-Intermediate main page

Teaching Social English ebook

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