3B. Life & health: better & worse____Success and failure____[Informal]

Rewrite the text, avoiding PHRASAL VERBS in the underlined sections:

Frederick was a bright child. He took to school from the very first day. While most of the other children got along normally, Frederick got on brilliantly. He was not a healthy child, but that did not take from his academic performance. He disliked public examinations, but he never fell short in any subject.

When Frederick graduated from Cambridge University with a first class honours degree, everybody predicted that he would really take off in his career. Fred decided to go into business and at first this seemed to be the right choice. He pulled off many important deals and even his plan to reorganize the company was carried off with the result that he was promoted to Managing Director.

Unfortunately, the stress of his new position became too much for him. His expansion plans fell through and he became more worried. He was determined never to give up, but in the end he had to give in to ill health.

One day, he passed out on the way home from work. When he came round, he found himself in great pain in a hospital bed. The pain passed off, but he was laid up for many weeks. On his return to work, he found that business had fallen off . Poor Fred suffered a heart attack and never pulled through. A few weeks later, he passed away.

Succeed rapidly

take off

Fail to reach the mark

fall short

Succeed in, clinch, achieve

pull off

Fail to materialize, collapse

fall through

Accomplish successfully

bring off

Fail, prove unsatisfactory

fall down

Attempt successfully

carry off


give up

Turn out to be successful

come off

Surrender, yield

give in

Find easy

take to

Detract from

take from


get along

Deteriorate (food)

go off

Progress, fare, prosper

get on

Deteriorate (profits)

fall off

Regain consciousness

come round


pass out

Regain consciousness

come to


pass on

Recover from illness

pull round


pass away

Recover from illness

pull through

Confine to one's bed (ill)

lay up

Recover from illness/surprise

get over

Disappear gradually (pain)

pass off