Few, a few, little, a little (1)

Complete the sentences with few, a few, little, a little. If you have _____ time later, can you help me in the garden? I have _____ ideas on how to improve the business. Would you like to hear them? Victor has been so busy with work lately that he has spent _____ time with his…

CT Quiz 464

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps).  Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter. If I’m not following you, please request a follow first ) It’s _____ to be wise after the event; to take it _____; the Big _____;  

Adjectives + Prepositions (1)

Complete the sentences with these prepositions: for,  in,  of,  on,  to,  with Natalie is very keen _____ ballet. Jennifer is fond _____ gardening. San Sebastian is world-famous _____ its cuisine. Mike is afraid _____ heights. He’s interested _____ buying our car. Who’s Nicole Kidman married _____? Liam is used _____ speaking French with his grandparents. I’m…

Question Tags (1)

The weather’s gorgeous, ___? You’ve met my brother, _____? He didn’t say anything, ___? It’s too expensive, _____? She’ll help you, _____? They were interested in buying the house, _____? He doesn’t listen, _____? He’s already gone to work, _____? She doesn’t have a car, _____? We can talk about this later, _____? We have…

CT Quiz 463

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps).  Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter. If I’m not following you, please request a follow first ) a _____ blessing; to get _____ up in sth; a _____ grill; _____ doubles;

CT Quiz 462

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps).  Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter. If I’m not following you, please request a follow first ) to _____ a blue streak (US; informal); _____ is cheap; _____ of the devil;

CT Quiz 461

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps).  Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter. If I’m not following you, please request a follow first ) _____ rats abandoning a sinking ship; _____ moths to a flame; to sweat _____ a pig;

Confusing Words (3): Say or Tell?

Add ‘say’ or ‘tell’ in the correct form. 1.  Paul didn’t _____ what time he would be coming. 2.  I’m not really convinced that she’s _____ the truth. 3.  Why didn’t you _____ that before? 4.  The doctor _____ me not to worry, that it was nothing serious. 5.  I know you didn’t mean to…

CT Quiz 460

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps).  Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter. If I’m not following you, please request a follow first  ) to fall into the _____ hands; to back the _____ horse; correct me, if I’m _____ but…;

CT Quiz 459

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps).  Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter. If I’m not following you, please request a follow first  ) in this _____ and age; a _____ trip; to have an off _____; as plain as _____;

STRETCH YOUR VOCABULARY (2): TALKING ABOUT DISLIKES

There are plenty of ways to say that you don’t like something in English. When you listen to native speakers listen out for these expressions. You’ll notice that they don’t always express dislike in the same way. To make these phrases automatic use them as often as you can. You can begin with the assignment at…

Stretch your Vocabulary (1): Talking about Likes

Here’s my first instalment of ‘Stretch Your Vocabulary’ where I’ll give you heaps of handy phrases to use in everyday situations. Language learners often use the same basic phrases over and over again. It’s important, however, to vary what you say and write. Make sure you use these key phrases as much as possible, in order for them to…