12. Phrasal Verbs (2)
main practise:    Phrasal verbs
revision:               clear up  -  conditional form: going to + present simple  -  Present Perfect

calm down - to become less excited, agitated or angry, i.e.
- Our team lost the match. I'm so angry with them.
- Calm down, it's only a game. It won't help to get angry.

clear up - to clean and tidy, i.e.
  • Well, it was a lovely dinner party but now we have to clear up.
  • Clear up your room, please, it's a real mess.

deal with - to solve a problem; to cope with a difficult situation, i.e.
  • When the hotel guests complained that the showers weren't working the manager took a long time to deal with it.
  • It wasn't easy organising an art exhibition in one month but she dealt with it well.

end up - to become or do something eventually, (if + verb use ing) i.e.
  • They first met when they were fifteen and ended up getting married when they were
  • He worked very hard and ended up becoming managing director in only five years.
  • After a movie, dinner and a nice long walk we ended up at Sue's home for coffee.

get on (with) -  a) to have a good relationship with someone / something
                                b) to continue something
  • She get's on (well) with her brother.
  • He doesn't get on (well) with his boss. They argue a lot.
  • How're you getting on with your maths course?
  • I can't get on with the new computer system. The old one was better.


  • Okay, we've had a break, now let's get on with the lesson.
  • I'll get on with the decorating after lunch.

sort out - to solve a problem / to organise something, i.e.
  • Everyone wants to eat something different for dinner. Can you sort it out?
  • Did you sort out the problems with the new car?
  • I've sorted out our journey to Paris: taxi, flight, hotel, everything.
Katie has come back home for the weekend because she's having problems with her room mate at university.

Complete the sentences with the phrasal verbs. Each one is used only once.

Sam:    Hi, it's nice to see you home for the weekend, Katie.

Katie:  Well, I need a break from my room mate.

Sam:    Sally?

Katie:  Yes, at first I with her really well but now there are problems.

Sam:     What problems?

Katie:   She's getting too stressed over her studies. She's going to becoming ill 
                if she doesn't relax.

Sam:      Have you spoken to her about it?

Katie:    Of course, I've tried to help her * but she doesn't listen. And she never
                clears up the kitchen and shouts at me if I ask her to. I can't it.
                I'm going to find another flat and move.

Sam:      Have you spoken to the university health centre?

Katie:    No, I thought I could with Sally but she won't talk to me anymore.

Sam:       She needs help, Katie, you must speak to the health centre on Monday.

Katie:     Yes, I will, mum.

*sort it out would also be possible here.


Complete the sentences with the phrasal verbs you've practised.

get on  -  deal with  -  end up  -  calm down  -  sort out 

*Change tense where necessary and don't forget to add 's' on the verb when it follows 3rd person singular, (he, she, it).

1.  He needs to . He's getting too stressed over his exams.

2.  She well with everyone in the office.

3.  My grandfather lived in many places but he in Australia, where he got married
     and made his home.

4.  World governments must come together to * the problem of climate change.

5.  The family are coming for dinner on Saturday. We need to get some food. I'm busy,
     can you it

* sort out could also go here.