CT Quiz 372

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps)

_____ in a month of Sundays;

_____ you mind!;


a watched pot _____ boils;

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Top Phrase #3: It’s Up To You


This is such an easy little phrase to learn and ever so useful.

Meaning 1: You can decide, you can choose


“Which film shall we see?”  – “I don’t mind. It’s up to you.”

“We can do the class at 10 or 11. It’s up to you.


Meaning 2: It’s the responsibility of somebody (often to emphasise that it’s not somebody else’s responsibility)


I can’t study for you. It’s up to you to take the exam.

It was up to you to get dinner ready. I asked you, not your sister.

It’s not up to everybody else to take care of our planet. We all have to do our part.”



Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (11)

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Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes.

  1. It hasn’t rained here since three months.
  2. Where’s nearest petrol station?
  3. He’s asleep. Please don’t wake up him.
  4. “Is it cold outside?” – “Yes, much.”
  5. I need you to listen very carefully.
  6. Did you born here?


    1. It hasn’t rained here for three months.
    2. Where’s the nearest petrol station?
    3. He’s asleep. Please don’t wake him up.
    4. “Is it cold outside?” – “Yes, very.”
    5. ✅
    6. Were you born here?


Bear in mind (1): I have a question

I have a question….

Bear in mind that, although in Spanish it’s very typical to say,

“I have a question” or “A question” before asking a question, it’s not nearly such a common practice with English speakers.

Very often we just jump straight into the question. Really. Especially with friends. It’s not considered rude.

There are situations however where we want to be more polite or less abrupt. In this case we introduce our question or problem with phrases such as…

“Can I ask you something?”

“I’m confused about something.”

“I don’t understand something.”

“There’s something I’m confused about.”

“I was wondering….”

You can of course say “I have a question” too.

Nevertheless I really recommend learning the other phrases and not always using this one. Your brain, and especially your English teacher will welcome the change !

And remember, we don’t say “I have a doubt”! Did you know that English teachers groan (imperceptibly) every time they hear this!


Can I ask you something? Why is there no meeting on Friday?”

“I’m confused about something. Why is it “take out” your lenses and not “take off”?

“I don’t understand something. When do I use “must” and when do I use “have to?”

“There’s something I’m confused about. What’s the difference between ‘in time’ and ‘on time'”?

“I was wondering…could we change the presentation to Thursday instead?”