Single-Word Verbs vs. Phrasal Verbs - Answer Key

Single-Word Verbs vs. Phrasal Verbs

Intermediate Practice

What follows are options for answers. In reality, many correct answers exist.

  1. The author explains how it is harder for her to go back to college each time she returns home.
  2. I think that the new one is better because I removed an unnecessary and confusing sentence.
  3. I copied the vocabulary on another sheet of paper from my memory.
  4. I do not think that telemedicine has the same value as visiting the doctor.
  5. I want to discuss airplanes’ history, airplanes’ companies, personal business, global trade, and the benefit for international students and traveling.
  6. After working on glider experiments they discovered how to steer a plane while in flight.
  7. Then the post office will handle the rest and deliver the item to your house.

Advanced Practice

What follows is the location of the phrasal verbs in the original paragraph and a chart listing possible synonyms. Below are sentences that need revision after replacement with a single-word verb.

I caught on that in today’s society, many people are more self-centered. They put themselves first. When they look at anything unjust, they will not stand up and go against wrongdoings. The bystander effect goes far beyond my experience, however. According to James Nye, a reporter of Dailymail.com, many people looked at Brown’s murder by a white police officer, but they didn’t do anything to help Brown because they waited for someone else to take action. This pluralistic ignorance contributed to Brown's death. The witnesses clearly were conscious of the situation and they knew that that was unjust. However, no one stood up for him because the person who stands entirely for justice, the police officer, was bringing about the unjust behavior. Obviously, we should take action when it is needed. We must not wait or watch for others to do anything for us because it will be too late.

Phrasal Verb
Single-Word Synonym
caught on  realized, undrstood, grasped, recognized
put first  prioritize
look at  see, observe, witness, notice
stand up  fight, volunteer
go against  counter, thwart, rectify, oppose
goes beyond  exceeds, transcends
looked at witnessed, observed, viewed, acknowledged
waited for expected, assumed, thought, anticipated
contributed to prompted, effected, affected
stood up defended, supported
stands for represents, exemplifies, symbolizes, denotes, embodies
bringing about doing, producing, creating, acting, behaving
watch for expect

  1. The bystander effect far exceeds my experience, however. (Note that the adverb moves to before the verb “exceeds.”)
  2. According to James Nye, a reporter of Dailymail.com, many people looked at Brown’s murder by a white police officer, but they didn’t do anything to help Brown because they assumed/thought/anticipated someone else would take action.
  3. However, no one stood up for him because the person who entirely represents justice, the police officer, was acting/behaving unjustly.  (Note that the adverb is moved to before the verb “represents”.)