IELTS Grammar: Phrasal Verbs With Get And Take

IELTS Grammar: Phrasal Verbs With Get And Take

For English learners, one of the difficulties that they usually have to deal with is using Phrasal Verbs properly & naturally. They can be important for IELTS & should be used in the IELTS writing and speaking tests. 

This post will cover Phrasal Verbs with Get & Take, two out of the most commonly-used verbs in the IELTS test, to help you to ace the IELTS Speaking Test.

Phrasal verbs are the combination between verb and preposition. They have a different meaning to what each word means on its own when they are put together.

For example:
In the IELTS speaking test, you can say:
“I came across an article which shares valuable experience in applying a scholarship and found out that the writer of the article is my high school friend”

In the IELTS Writing test:

” It is beneficial for all members of society to have a high quality education system with equal opportunities for all young people. This will result in a well-educated workforce, and in turn a more productive and prosperous nation.”

Phrasal Verbs with GET :

Get out: leave or move.

I quickly get out the accident because I don’t want to put me at risk.

Get over (something): stop thinking about something.

I can’t get over the result of the mock university entrance exam. It obsesses me all night.

Get away with (something):  To escape.

The thief gets away with easy money which he just has stolen from a foreigner. 

Get on with (something): continue with something.

Although my parent could handle the fee, I am going to get on with my study.

Get around:

  • to go places.

I prefer to get around by bicycle rather than cars because it helps me to lose my weight.

  • avoiding something

The summer is coming. Don’t try to get around it

Get around to (something): finally, do something.

I finally got around to applying for the university as I think it is necessary for my future career

Get along with:  be friendly with.

There are five members in my small family. The one who I get long with is my father.

Get across: make somebody understand something

I was an inexperienced new teacher and it was hard for me to get across the lessons to my students

Get by: have enough to survive.

Jack has enough money to get by until Monday.

Get down to: begin to do or give serious attention to

Lunch is finished, and he wanted to get down to tackling this problem

Phrasal Verbs with TAKE :

Take after (somebody): to resemble somebody else, usually a family member.

  • Many people said that I took after my father, which makes me feel proud.

Take apart: to disassemble something.

  • He took his watch apart to see because he thought he could fix its problem.

Take back: to admit wrongdoing

  • You’re wrong, let take back what you have said, it was totally unacceptable.

Take down: to dismantle

  • It’s time to take down this building for the public park.

Take (somebody) in: 

to give someone shelter

  • She took in her friends until they could found another place to live.

to be deceived or swindled

  • Jane was taken in by all his tricks.

Take (something) in: 

to observe something.

  • They took in every detail to make a careful report.

to make a piece of clothing narrower or smaller

  • The actor had lost weight so the gear had to be taken in more at the shoulder.

Take off: to leave the ground and fly

  • The plane finally could take off after it had a technical problem.
  • What does the plane take off?

(to become popular or successful)

  • That new song by famous singer has taken off in the online music charts.

(to leave a place quickly – colloquial)

  • It’s time to leave. I have to take off now as my friends are waiting for me at the hotel.

Take on: to hire/employ

  • The library took on more staff over the busy period.

Take out: to remove

  • The police took out his gun and shot the terrorist on the street.
  • He took the potato out of the sandwich because he doesn’t like it.

(to go on a date with someone)

  • What time is he taking you out? – We decided to have a dinner at 7.00 pm.

Take over: to take control of something.

  • Micheal took over as a new manager of the restaurant.

Take up: to begin a sport, hobby or a challenge.

  • He took up basketball at a young age and is now an expert.

(to fill space)

  • That fridge takes up a lot of space in the kitchen room.


Phrasal verbs with “get” & “take” could work for a wide range of speaking answers.

Choose at least 5 of these phrasal verbs and practice them with your partner.

Try to use them on your IELTS Speaking test if you get questions where they might fit.

What other phrasal verbs do you know with “take” and “get”?

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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