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 We can’t all stay at Hugo’s flat. It’s tiny. There’s not enough room to swing a __________. I’m sure I’ve failed my…

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…

Five Fab and Affordable Christmas Stocking Fillers

Are you running out of ideas for stocking fillers for your kids?  It’s not always easy to come up with novel little presents to pop in your children’s Christmas stocking. Hopefully these tried-and-tested (by my son) and inexpensive gifts will help inspire you, and save you some time, and stress! 1. Top Trumps. As card…

CT Quiz 578

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 keep somebody _____; to part _____; a shell _____; Answer: company  

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     We need to __________ a cheaper solution to the problem. Last night some friends…

Future Continuous

Examples:  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! 😎 Have a great birthday. We __________ of you. (think) This time tomorrow George __________  his driving test.  (take) You can have the computer this afternoon if you like….

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

Idiom 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). Examples: A: “Are you sure Harry’s getting married?” B: “Yes! I…

Expressions with ‘Know’

Use these words to complete the expressions with ‘know’. before    drill    full    going    half    heart    inside I know that poem by _____. We had to learn it at school. Where have you been? You knew _____ well that I wanted you home by ten. Sabrina has lived in Venice…

Improve Your Accent! (22) – Christmas

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 577

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 leave somebody _____ and dry; _____ and mighty; to be flying _____;