Phrasal Verbs With ‘Call’

Iddy’s brought some more phrasal verbs for you. This time, they are all using the base verb ‘call’….

phrasal verbs using 'call'

Call has several meanings on it own:

  1. to name somebody or something           example: Mr. Roger continued to call his son ‘Little Billy’, even though ‘Little Billy’ was now thirty years old.
  2. to speak out loud to gain attention       example: “I hate that name!” Little Billy called out.
  3. to use a telephone  example: Little Billy called the local court to have his name legally changed.
And the phrasal verbs are:
call for  

-to state or ask for something

The residents called for the parade to be cancelled because of the storm.

call off

-to cancel an event

The mayor refused to call off the parade just because of a little bit of rain.

call out

-to shout

The mayor called out for help after he was struck by lightning.

call back

-to return a phone call

After hearing her message, the mayor called back his Mother from his hospital bed.

call on  

-to  visit, usually briefly and not pre-arranged

The mayor’s mother called on him at the hospital. 

Do you think you know those phrases now? Take this quick quiz to see if you do!

Select the correct phrasal verbs to complete these sentences:

Question #1: As they were in the area, Tracey’s parents decided to ………………………… her.

Question #2: The birthday party was ………………………………. because the whole family had the flu.

Question #3: Stuck in the cave, the explorer ………………………. for rescue.

Question #4: Marge ……………….. her friend Stella at the supermarket.

Question #5: The shop had ………………………. of bread.

Question #6: The cat ……………………… from the barking dogs.

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