Sports phrasal verbs you need to know

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Vocabulary - phrasal verbs

sports phrasal verbs


This worksheet make students learn and practise sports phrasal verbs. Your students will discover 8 phrasal verbs in context and learn how to use them in a series of 3 activities. Use this worksheet as a follow-up or as a stand-alone thing if you want to extend your students vocabulary.

B1 / Intermediate30 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


First, students need to read a short story. It contains sports phrasal verbs and students’ task is to match them to their meanings given. In this worksheet, we want to teach students the following phrasal verbs: warm up, give up, take up, drop out, keep up with, take part in, work out and knock out. To practise these verbs, students move to another exercise. This time, they complete the questions with the correct forms of some phrasal verbs. Then, they work in pairs, and ask and answer the questions.


The last task is telling stories using the phrasal verbs from the worksheet. Give your students cards to complete. Then, they need to exchange them with their partners and tell the stories on the basis of the information they get on the cards. Stories don’t have to make sense or be super logical; the idea is to have fun and use the the phrasal verbs ?


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  1. Sonia Añon

    Thanks for this useful lesson for FCE students!

    1. Justa

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Julia Hoskinson

    This is regarding exercise, not sport. Sport is more specific and is a type of exercise with rules. Exercise is any movement of the body.
    I think the name of the lesson should be changed, so learners don´t think confuse the two words

    1. Stan

      Julia, what we did here is a sort of a mental shortcut. What we meant is ‘phrasal verbs connected with sport’ and I think this is how people most often call them. I know that some of them are more about exercise, but others aren’t (e.g. knock out, drop out). Sports seemed to be the best umbrella term we decided to use.


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