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ESL Reading Passages for Prepositional Verbs and Phrasal Verbs Printable ESL Reading Passages Prepositional Verbs

Identify the prepositional verbs in the following ESL reading passage:

Although she admits to sometimes watching her favorite reality shows before attending to her homework, Mary objects to procrastination. She insists on completing her assignments before the assigned due dates. She cares about her education and has confessed to wanting good grades. Mary also believes in working hard because she relies on grade-based scholarships for financial aid. She often argues about quiet time with her roommate because her roommate listens to music loudly while Mary is studying. But, Mary secretly gloats at her own success when her roommate worries about upcoming tests.

Phrasal Verbs

Identify the phrasal verbs in the following ESL reading passage:

When Scott woke up this morning, he discovered that his toddler had thrown up in her crib last night. He, therefore, cleaned her bedding up before he chowed down on breakfast. While he was tucking into his food, however, his daughter started acting up. She just suddenly broke down and threw a tantrum on the kitchen floor. After falling apart for only a few minutes, the tantrum blew over and his daughter calmed down. Scott

then finished eating and logged onto his computer. But, before he could access the Internet, the computer blew up. Scott looked the phone number up, called for technical help, and told the IT technician off. He only eased up when the tech threatened to put him on hold.

Prepositional Verbs and Phrasal Verbs

Identify the prepositional verbs the phrasal verbs in the following ESL reading passage:

The situation did not add up. Espen depended on Julia to pick him up but she had not shown up. He worried about what might have happened to her. Perhaps she had been taken away by a notoriously bad band of ninjas. Espen hoped Julia would fight against such evildoers. Or, perhaps she had just forgotten about him. Could she let him down like that? If she had simply failed to remember him, he promised that he would lay in on her when he saw her next. But, then again, what if Julia had been knocked out by conniving bank robbers? What if she had refused to give them her car for a getaway vehicle? What if she had passed out in her attempts to get to him? Just then, when Espen had decided not to give up on her, Julie pulled up to the curb. She was just running late. She gazed at Espen, and Espen blushed, thinking about his unfounded anger. He got into the car, but, before he could apologize, she started yammering on about how bad traffic had been. Espen silently vowed to wait patiently for her tomorrow.

Answers

The prepositional verbs are underlined in the following ESL reading passage:

Although she admits to sometimes watching her favorite reality shows before attending to her homework, Mary objects to procrastination. She insists on completing her assignments before the assigned due dates. She cares about her education and has confessed to wanting good grades. Mary also believes in working hard because she relies on grade-based scholarships for financial aid. She often argues about quiet time with her roommate because her roommate listens to music loudly while Mary is studying. But, Mary secretly gloats at her own success when her roommate worries about upcoming tests.

The phrasal verbs are underlined in the following ESL reading passage:

When Scott woke up this morning, he discovered that his toddler had thrown up in her crib last night. He, therefore, cleaned her bedding up before he chowed down on breakfast. While he was tucking into his food, however, his daughter started acting up. She just suddenly broke down and threw a tantrum on the kitchen floor. After falling apart for only a few minutes, the tantrum blew over and his daughter calmed down. Scott then finished eating and logged onto his computer. But, before he could access the Internet, the computer blew up. Scott looked the phone number up, called for technical

help, and told the IT technician off. He only eased up when the tech threatened to put him on hold.

The prepositional verbs are underlined and the phrasal verbs are bolded in the following ESL reading passage:

The situation did not add up. Espen depended on Julia to pick him up but she had not shown up. He worried about what might have happened to her. Perhaps she had been taken away by a notoriously bad band of ninjas. Espen hoped Julia would fight against such evildoers. Or, perhaps she had just forgotten about him. Could she let him down like that? If she had simply failed to remember him, he promised that he would lay in on her when he saw her next. But, then again, what if Julia had been knocked out by conniving bank robbers? What if she had refused to give them her car for a getaway vehicle? What if she had passed out in her attempts to get to him? Just then, when Espen had decided to not give up on her, Julie pulled up to the curb. She was just running late. She gazed at Espen, and Espen blushed, thinking about his unfounded anger. He got into the car, but, before he could apologize, she started yammering on about how bad traffic had been. Espen silently vowed to wait patiently for her tomorrow.

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