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;      

Adjectives + Prepositions (3): In and Out of Love

Choose the correct preposition in brackets. Sometimes no preposition is necessary. Answers tomorrow! 😉 Nick has fancied _____ Amy for ages. Maddox says he fell _____ love _____ Summer the moment he saw her. Sam used to have a crush _____ his German teacher. Patricia adores _____ Alexander but she doesn’t want to marry _____…

GROW YOUR IDIOMS! (7)

Idiom 7:  LIKE THE CAT THAT GOT THE CREAM Meaning: If you look like the cat that got the cream you look very pleased with yourself because you’ve achieved something (that others haven’t). The expression is also often used with the verbs ‘be‘, ‘act‘ and ‘behave‘. Examples: I wonder what John was talking to the boss about….

Spot the Mistakes (40)

Which of these sentences are gramatically incorrect?  “Hi! Are you Juan?” – “Yes, I’m.” May you help me move the sofa? He has forty years old. They’re on a ten-days trip to South Africa. I didn’t go for swim as the water was very freezing. We’re thinking to buy a house. Do you remember where…