Vocabulary Quiz

I Love Idioms! (2) – Animals

Fill the gaps with a word from the list. There are two extra words.

bull    butterflies    cat    dog    donkey    goat    horse    pig    oyster    starfish

  1. We can’t all stay at Hugo’s flat. It’s tiny. There’s not enough room to swing a __________.
  2. I’m sure I’ve failed my exam. I made a right _____’s ear of it.
  3. You’re young. You can do anything or go anywhere. The world is your __________.
  4. Polly is feeling very nervous before her first date with Michael. She has __________ in her stomach.
  5. This is such a one-__________ town! I can’t wait to move somewhere bigger and livelier.
  6. It really gets my __________  that Gavin is always late for everything.
  7. I’m not lending you any more of my books. You always return them all _____-eared.
  8. I love this song. I haven’t heard it in _____’s years. Turn up the radio!


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Answers ➡️

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

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Dazzling Phrasal Verbs! (2): COME

Here’s the second instalment in my new “Dazzling Phrasal Verbs” section. Three more phrasal verbs, this time based on the word ‘come’. Do bear in mind that there are often  additional meanings for each verb.  It’s often a good idea, however, to concentrate on one meaning at a time so your brain doesn’t get too muddled!

  1. come along

    Meaning: If something is coming along it is progressing or improving.
    How’s your homework coming along? Have you almost finished?

    After changing tutors Amaya’s Italian is really coming along.

    Jane’s garden is coming along nicely; it’s so pretty.

    NB. We don’t tend to use it in the negative.

  2. come around/round

    Meaning: change your opinion or your decision (usually to stop being against sth and because somebody has persuaded you)

    We’re hoping the boss will come around to our way of thinking and let us work from home a few days a week.At first Greta’s parents didn’t want her to go to drama school but in the end they came round and supported her decision.


  3. come forward

    Meaning: present yourself, make yourself known (often to offer help or provide information)
    Police are asking witnesses to the incident to come forward.

    Lots of volunteers came forward to help at the soup kitchen.

    The owner of the winning lottery ticket still hasn’t come forward.



Phrasal Verbs (5): Come

Add a suitable phrasal verb in the correct form. There is one extra verb. Answers tomorrow! 

come down with     come off     come over    come to     come up     come up with    

  1. We need to __________ a cheaper solution to the problem.
  2. Last night some friends __________ to our place and we had pizza and watched a movie.
  3. I was shocked when I saw that our hotel bill had __________ almost five hundred pounds.
  4. I’m going to have to cancel our meeting. I’m afraid something urgent has __________.
  5. The four of us were planning a trip to Australia but in the end it didn’t __________ .


    1. come up with
    2. came over
    3. come to
    4. come up
    5. come off


Grammar Exercises

Future Continuous


This time tomorrow I’ll be flying to Japan.
Don’t worry, we won’t be staying long.

Add the correct form of the future continuous. Answers tomorrow! 😎

  1. Have a great birthday. We __________ of you. (think)
  2. This time tomorrow George __________  his driving test.  (take)
  3. You can have the computer this afternoon if you like. I __________ it. (not / use)
  4. The team’s plane _________  in Abu Dhabi right about now. (land)
  5. A: “What __________ this time next year?” (you / do)
    B: “I hope I __________ and __________ in Canada.” (live; work)
  6. I wouldn’t ring the boss right now.  He __________  golf and you know how he hates to be interrupted. (play)
  7. Karen’s just phoned me. She __________ us for lunch tomorrow as she has to go to Milan. (not / join)



Grow Your Idioms! (8) – Right/Straight from the horse’s mouth


Meaning: If you get news or other information “right/straight from the horse’s mouth”, you get it straight from the source, that is, from the person or people who know most about it (usually because they are directly involved).


A: “Are you sure Harry’s getting married?”
B: “Yes! I got it straight from the horse’s mouth. Harry phoned me the other day to tell me.”

A: “There’s a rumour going round that this will be the last season of “Game of Thrones”.
B: “Really? Well, I won’t believe it unless I hear it right from the horse’s mouth.”