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Phrasal verbs: convincing and persuading

Worksheet overview

With this ESL worksheet, students will learn and practise 12 phrasal verbs used to talk about convincing and persuading. You can combine it with the following worksheets: “Idioms: compromising”, “Phrasal verbs: communication”, “Idioms: decision-making”, “Phrasal verbs: negotiations”, “Idioms: deals and agreements”.

The first 6 phrasal verbs (e.g. warm up to, push for, put off, talk into) are introduced through a short dialogue about 2 friends talking about returning to the office full-time. To practise, students choose the correct phrasal verb to complete 6 sentences.

The rest of the phrasal verbs (e.g. sell on, lay out, give in, put you up to, talk out of) are introduced through 2 short texts, each including 3 phrasal verbs. To practise, students complete 6 short dialogues with the correct phrasal verb. 

The last 3 activities are focused on speaking and writing. First, students answer 4 questions, starting with the phrase given. Then, they provide a suitable response in 4 different situations, using a specific phrasal verb that is given. Lastly, they are given 2 scenarios and are asked to role-play them. You can use the printable conversation cards for additional speaking practice.

This lesson can be used as a Business English lesson, as well as a General English lesson. You can combine it with other lessons about communication, business meetings, negotiations, and agreements. 


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This worksheet works well in combination with the following lesson plans

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