5 English Phrasal Verbs with Take to Increase Your Vocabulary

by | Sep 14, 2016 | 53 comments

Adding new words to your English vocabulary regularly will not only increase your vocabulary but will also help you express yourself more easily in English!

This week you’re going to add 5 new phrasal verbs to your real-life English vocabulary.

These are phrasal verbs you won’t find in a grammar book, but English speakers use them every day.

Here’s exactly what you’re going to learn:

  • the super simple truth about increasing your vocabulary
  • 5 phrasal verbs English speakers use daily
  • the real meaning of these phrasal verbs
  • how to understand and use these phrasal verbs with real-life context

Plus, you have an opportunity to practice at the end of the lesson.

Watch the video to get started!

5 English phrasal verbs using the word take.

Lesson by Annemarie

Phrasal Verbs with Take in English – Real Life Examples

to take on

take on (something) or take (something) on

: to begin to perform or deal with (something, such as a job or responsibility); to engage with or to accept a challenge.

Example 1:

I just got the job of my dreams. I’m moving to a new country. I’ve lost 10 pounds on my diet. And tomorrow I’m traveling to Norway for a 2-week vacation. I feel AMAZING. I’m ready to take on the world!

Example 2:

Last week Stefan had a meeting with his boss. The company asked him to take on some new responsibilities so they can grow his position. Unfortunately, this means he’ll be working more hours but he hopes this is a sign that they are planning to promote him to a program director position in the next year.

to take after

take after (someone)

: to be like someone, such as a parent; to resemble someone


Everyone tells me I take after my mom. I definitely have her features but I think my personality is more similar to my dad’s.

to be taken aback

: to surprise or shock (someone) — usually used as (be) taken aback

Did you see Sarah’s face??? She was completely taken aback! I was nervous that someone might have told her about the surprise party or maybe she had found some of the decorations but nope – she was definitely surprised! And I’m so glad. She’s been with this company for 25 years! Plus she’s the nicest person in the office. We had to celebrate her.

to take over

take over or take over (something) or take (something) over

: to start doing (something that someone has stopped doing); to become the person who has control of (something)

Example 1:

Next week my colleague is going on her maternity leave for 3 months. While she’s gone I’m going to take over some of her tasks.

Example 2:

(Imagine: Two people driving on a long road trip across Europe.)

OMG! We still have 8 more hours until we reach Budapest! I don’t think I can stay awake much longer. Could you take over driving for awhile so I can get some sleep?

to take through

take (someone) through (something)

: to tell (someone) how (something) happens or is done by explaining the details of each step


(Imagine: Someone presenting at a business meeting.)

Hi, everyone. Thanks for coming today. I know we’re all very busy so I’ll keep this meeting brief. I’d just like to take you through the agenda for the annual company meeting next week so we can all be ready to discuss our marketing and sales strategies for the next 3-5 years.

Now I’d love to hear from you. It’s time for you to practice.

Here is my step-by-step path to increase your vocabulary with these common English phrasal verbs.

  1. Choose one new phrasal verb from this list
  2. Review the meaning and the examples so you can understand its real meaning
  3. Think about your day today. Is there anything you can share about your day, your week, or your plans using that phrasal verb? Can you create an example using your real life?
  4. Share your example below in the comments section (I promise to read and provide feedback!)
  5. Do this again tomorrow with another phrasal verb. And the next day. Do one each day for 5 days. Then come back to review.

I’m excited to learn about you and your life with your examples using these phrasal verbs! Have fun and I’ll see you in the comments!

~ Annemarie

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