Handy Prepositional Phrases (4): In

in advance in all likelihood in answer to / in reply to in charge (of) in comparison with in doubt in favour of in jeopardy in the long/short run; in the long/short term in principle in relation to in retrospect in short in trouble Examples: We will need to know in advance how many people…

Phrasal Verbs (4)

Fill the gaps with the phrasal verbs (in the correct form) ASAP __________ as soon as possible. Their plane should __________ at around 7pm. I didn’t know the meaning of ‘clumsy’ so I __________ it __________. I didn’t want to watch the news so I __________. The club wanted to buy the footballer but in…

Definite and Indefinite Articles (1)

Complete the sentences with ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘the’ or ‘–‘ ( = no article). 1. I had ___ breakfast and then I took ___ shower. 2. ___ Spain is playing ___ Netherlands in the final. 3. Jon plays tennis twice _____ week. 4. ___ Everest is ___ highest mountain in ___ world. 5. He was driving at…

Improve Your Accent! (19) – Work

It can really help your pronunciation if you know the phonetic symbols and the sounds they represent. You don’t need to worry about learning to write them just to recognise them. Do my quickie Improve Your Accent exercises and you’ll pick them up in no time, plus you’ll improve your pronunciation and your listening skills…

CT Quiz 569

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps). to _____ somebody high and dry; to _____ somebody dangling; maternity _____;     Answer: LEAVE

CT Quiz 568

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, ask me for a follow first please 😉. to be worth _____ penny; ––––– dog has its day; to hang on somebody’s _____ word;  

I Love Idioms! (1): Parts of the Body

Well, here’s the first exercise in my “I Love Idioms!” section. As you may have already guessed I have a passion for idiomatic expressions. Though it can sometimes be tricky for non-native speakers to use idioms correctly themselves it’s so worthwhile gradually building up your knowledge of them as you will hear them here, there…

Confusing Words (5): As or Like?

Choose ‘as’ or ‘like’ to fill the gaps. 1. Walter used to work _____ a waiter at his father’s restaurant. 2. Jack’s been to some amazing places this year, _____ Argentina, India, and Borneo. 3. Did you hear that? It sounded _____ a phone ringing. 4. I think you should do _____ he asked. 5….

CT Quiz 567

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, ask me for a follow first please 😉. to _____ yourself in the foot; a photo _____; to _____ hoops;