Phrasal Verb Short Story

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A Short Story with Phrasal Verbs

Read this text of three short paragraphs with more than 30 phrasal verbs, using ‘get’, ‘take’, ‘do’, ‘go’, ‘put’, ‘make’ and more – Reading with exercise.



  • You can listen to the text by pressing the ‘PLAY’ button at the end.
  • Check the meaning or pronunciation by double-clicking any individual word (but not a Phrasal Verb).
  • Use the Google translator at the top of the page to translate the whole text.

In the exercise at the end you will be given a definition, and asked to find the right phrasal verb from the story. Good luck!

An Imperfectly Perfect Day

When I set off for work this morning, my car broke down, so I ended up taking the bus. As soon as I got off, I bumped into an old schoolmate, Mark. While we were talking, he brought up something I had already found out from some mutual friends- that he had come into some money and had set up his own business. He told me that there was a lot to sort out, and offered to take me on, but I turned him down straight away.

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When I clocked in, my boss had a go at me, telling me off in front of everyone. When I got over the initial shock, I told her I’d make up for being late, but it turned out that she had blown up over a deal that had fallen through, after a client of mine had pulled out of a contract. She told me that I wouldn’t get away with it, that I’d let everybody down, and just went on and on….

Eventually, I ran out of patience and answered back– I said I was not going to put up with it anymore, and if she wanted to lay me off, she should go ahead. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I stormed out, phoned Mark’s secretary, who put me through to him. I told Mark I’d like to take him up on his offer. So, in the end, everything has worked out perfectly!


Now do the exercise (below)


More Exercises with Phrasal Verbs


Ready? Click ‘Start’ and write the Phrasal Verb in the infinitive (ex. ‘break down’, not ‘broke down’). No Capital Letters! 

Phrasal Story