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Phrasal Verbs: Hold

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Question 1
Choose the correct usage:
A
The lack of funds has been holding the project on.
B
Leila thinks this job is holding back her career, so she’s going to quit.
Question 1 Explanation: 
The correct phrase is ‘hold back’, which means to prevent something moving forwards or progressing.
Question 2
Choose the correct usage:
A
It took four of us to hold him down and stop the fight.
B
Could you hold the dog up while I give him some medicine?
Question 2 Explanation: 
The correct phrase is ‘hold down’, which means to stop someone or something from moving.
Question 3
Choose the correct usage:
A
Chelsea couldn't hold their opponents back and lost the game.
B
Chelsea couldn't hold their opponents off and lost the game.
Question 3 Explanation: 
The correct phrase is to ‘hold off’, which means to stop someone form attacking or beating you.
Question 4
Choose the correct usage:
A
He was very rude, but I won’t hold it on to him.
B
I hope the whole misunderstanding has been cleared and you don’t hold anything against me.
Question 4 Explanation: 
The correct phrase is ‘hold against’, which means to have a grudge against someone, or little respect.
Question 5
Choose the correct usage:
A
When the enemy attacked, they held out for six weeks.
B
They simply could not hold over the mighty enemy attack.
Question 5 Explanation: 
The correct phrase is ‘hold out’, which means to resist.
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