This is an activity for intermediate + students to review some of the most common phrasal verbs with PUT. Students use context to come up with their own definitions of the ten phrasal verbs, answer the questions and share their examples with other students.

Level: B1 +

Time: 45 minutes


  1. To familiarise students with some of the most common phrasal verbs with put.
  2. To write down definitions of the phrasal verbs using the context provided.
  3. To discuss students’ examples with another classmate.

Materials (Click on the worksheet below to download the PDF file):

  1. Phrasal verbs can be put off, never forgotten Worksheet


  1. Write the following phrasal verbs on the board: to put on, to put through, to put off, to put up with, to put away, to put across to, to put down (to), to put forward.
  2. In pairs ask students to briefly define the phrasal verbs they know or think they remember.
  3. Hand each student the Phrasal verbs can be put off, never forgotten Worksheet.
  4. Individually, students look at the questions in column 2 and complete the first column, e.g. Definition/ synonym: Repel. Name two annoying things people do that really put you off.
  5. In pairs, students compare their answers with a classmate.
  6. Correct and provide feedback.
  7. Individually, ask the students to answer the questions in column 2 with one or two words, e.g. Name two food items that make people put on weight. Your examples: Alcohol. Mince pies.
  8. When the students have finished, ask them to switch their worksheets, read each other’s answers and circle 3 examples they have in common with their classmate, underline 3 examples they want to know more about and cross out 3 examples they completely disagree with.
  9. In their pairs, students now discuss their examples. Encourage students to use the phrasal verbs in their responses. You can ask students to switch pairs again to provide them with more opportunities to practise the target language.

Fast finishers:

  1. Students choose 4 questions from the worksheet and try to predict what the teacher’s answer would be or the classmate’s that they haven’t spoken to, e.g. Name two things you have to put up with at school or at work. Karolina has to put up with Stuart using her printer and talking about Star Wars (Love you really Stu). When they are finished they give their sentences to the teacher/classmate to check if their predictions were correct.

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P.S. Procrastinate now. Don’t put it off 🙂


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