Tag Archives: Vocabulary

Everyday expressions

21 Nov

People talking

Look at some common expressions in English. Can you guess what they mean?

  1. You can access our company website twenty four seven (24/7).
  2. It’s almost 7 o’clock. Let’s get the ball rolling.
  3. I have no plans for the next couple of days so I am going to take it easy.
  4. I will get to you tomorrow I have to sleep on it.
  5. I can’t afford these shoes. I am broke.
  6. Having a car is a must if you are planning on living in Connecticut.
  7. Don’t forget, you must be there at 6 am sharp.
  8. You´d better steer clear of the bakery if you want to lose weight.
  9. I know this place like the back of my hand.
  10. If you had time would you give me a hand?
  11. Look at all eye candy at the party!
  12. I haven’t hanged out with my friends in ages.
  13. I am sick and tired doing the same things over and over again!
  14. I didn’t feel like going out but Jean talked me into it.
  15. I tried to keep my cool when he was yelling at me.
  16. I´ve been driving since I was a teenager, so it´s second nature.
  17. I saw her in the mall yesterday but she just blew me off.
  18. Tomorrow she’s going to the DMV to take her driving test. I hope she’ll pass.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed for her.

 

 

Answer

  1. every minute of every day
  2. to start something
  3. to relax
  4. to take some time to think about one’s decision
  5. to have no money
  6. something necessary
  7. exactly
  8. avoid
  9. very familiar to you
  10. to help
  11. something or someone attractive and pleasing to look at
  12. for a long time
  13. to hate
  14. to convince
  15. to remain calm
  16. easy and natural for someone
  17. to ignore
  18. to wish someone luck
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Say or tell

20 Nov

Complete the following sentences with say and tell.

  1. Do you know what that sign …………….? I can’t read it from here.
  2. I saw your mum yesterday and she ……………. me you were engaged.
  3. He just stood there and ……………. nothing.
  4. Why didn’t you ……………. us that you wouldn’t come?
  5. She ……………. that they would be away for a while.
  6. I think she is ……………. the truth.
  7. I wish I could ……………. something, but I’d better not.
  8. ……………. me what really happened!

Answer

  1. Do you know what that sign says? I can’t read it from here.
  2. I saw your mum yesterday and she told me you were engaged.
  3. He just stood there and said nothing.
  4. Why didn’t you tell us that you wouldn’t come?
  5. She said that they would be away for a while.
  6. I think she is telling the truth.
  7. I wish I could say something, but I’d better not.
  8. Tell me what really happened!

 

Been or Gone

19 Nov

Write been or gone in the following sentences.

  1. Where is Laura? Has she …………….to the hairdresser’s?
  2. I love your new look! Have you ……………. to the hairdresser’s?
  3. I know New York quite well. I have ……………. there more than once.
  4. You can’t speak to Anna now. She has already …………… home.
  5. I left my mobile a couple of minutes ago. And Now it’s ……………!
  6. My grandmother has never ……………. abroad.
  7. I saw her a moment ago. Where do you think she has …………….?
  8. She has ……………. to Argentina three times.

 

Answer

  1. gone
  2. been
  3. been
  4. gone
  5. gone
  6. been
  7. gone
  8. been

 

 

Frequency adverbs

19 Nov

Complete each sentence with a frequency adverb so it is true for you.

 

 

always        often        sometimes        occasionally        never

 

  1. I get up early in the morning.
  2. I am late for work.
  3. I take a taxi to work.
  4. I play computer games.
  5. I watch TV in bed.
  6. I go to the theatre.
  7. I cook a meal for my family.
  8. I eat chocolate.

 

Activities with do, go and play (2)

18 Nov

Family-Activities

Complete the following sentences using do,  go or  play.

  1. Do you ……………. a lot of exercise?
  2. Would you like to ……………. dancing?
  3. Who taught you to ……………. the piano?
  4. The children are very quiet. I think they ……………. a computer game.
  5. He …………… a lot of photography.
  6. I ……………. swimming quite often.
  7. When was the last time you ……………. shopping?
  8. She ……………. karate for almost 10 years.

 

Saying large numbers in American amd British English

7 Nov

 

Number

 

 

American

 

British

 

1 000 000 000

 

1 000 000 000 000

 

1 000 000 000 000 000

 

1 000 000 000 000 000 000

 

 

 

one/ a billion

 

one/ a trillion

 

one/ a quadrillion

 

one/ a quintillion

 

one/ a milliard

 

one/ a billion

 

one/ a billiard

 

one/ a trillion

What a difference a word makes!

29 Oct
Vain 

A vein

 A vice

 A vise

Holding undue high regard for oneself

A blood vessel or a mineral deposit

A negative habit

A tool with a closable jaw for holding objects