#EngQuiz: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Live’ and Explanation

Hello, good evening, everyone!! How are you today?

You might have read the previous tweets that said we were going to have an #EngQuiz today. It’s really simple, read last week’s topic here https://englishtips4u.com/2016/11/12/engvocab-phrasal-verbs-live/ … as our #EngQuiz will be related to it.

I’m going to tweet several sentence and you need to fill in the blanks with the correct phrasal verbs. Are you ready?

  1. I _____ the post office. I can reach it by walking.
    a. Live by
    b. Live at
    c. Live in
  1. Having ______ the battleground in WWII, he really doesn’t wish to see any more wars.
    a. Lived on
    b. Lived with
    c. Lived through
  1. I’ve always seen him as a talented writer and he _____ to my expectation.
    a. Lives off
    b. Lives up
    c. Lives out
  1. Practice makes perfect, words to _______
    a. Live on
    b. Live by
    c. Live for
  2. I hope he could ______ the epic, loud belch he made in this morning’s meeting.
    a. Live down
    b. Live through
    c. Live with
  3. Let’s ________!! Turn the music louder!
    a. Live it on
    b. Live it up
    c. Live it out
  4. He resigned from his father’s company because he doesn’t want to _______ the family’s assets.
    a. Live on
    b. Live for
    c. Live off
  5. He’s ______ the moment when he finally could deliver a speech in front of the President.
    a. Lived for
    b. Lived by
    c. Lived up
  6. Determined to lose weight, he’s been ______ fruits and vegetables for two weeks.
    a. Living up
    b. Living off
    c. Living on
  7. As a part-time nanny, I don’t need to ______ my boss’ house.
    a. Live on
    b. Live in
    c. Live by



1. a. Live by.
‘To live by’ here means ‘to live near somewhere’. The sentence refers to living near the post office because the person in the sentence can reach it by walking. Therefore, we need to find the synonym to ‘to live near’ in the answer.

2. c. Lived through
War usually came with grave consequences and bad experiences, so the phrasal verb ‘lived through’ is most suitable to complete this sentence.

3. b. Lives up
The person in the sentence was referring to someone else whose writing skill he admired. To express this, ‘lives up’ is most suitable.

4. b. Live by
In addition to the meaning in question 1, ‘to live by’ can also mean ‘to survive by using or doing something in particular’, which in this sentence is having the value ‘practice makes perfect’.

5. a. Live down
The person in this sentence wished that the other person could contain the embarrassment of belching in a meeting. ‘To contain the embarrassment’ is synonymous with ‘to live down’.

6. b. Live it up
This sentence is an imperative, asking the others to make the event livelier. ‘To live it up’ is most suitable for it.

7. c. Live off
The person in this sentence had resigned from his father’s company because he didn’t want to use the family asset to make a living. For this context, ‘to live off’ fits best.

8. a. Lived for
The sentence means the person had been looking forward to delivering a speech in front of the President. He’s lived for it.

9. c. Living on
The person in the sentence had been surviving on fruits and vegetables, something he needed to do to lose weight. ‘To live on’ means to survive on what one only has and needs, and it is most suitable for the sentence.

10. b. Live in
It is clearly expressed in the sentence that the person did not need to live inside the place where he/she went to work.

So, I have retweeted the correct answers! How many did you get correctly, fellas? Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t got the answers right. It’s all about brushing up our English in a fun way.

Thank you for joining today’s session; it’s been fun! I’ll see you again tomorrow! Have a good rest!! Bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 14 November, 2016.

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