The in thing is far out

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2007, 12:00am

Would you like to know the ins and outs of using the words 'in' and 'out'? If so, you have come to the right place. Come in and let's get a few things sorted out.

Is it in or out?

You do believe in Father Christmas, don't you?

Choose either IN or OUT to make these sentences correct.

1. Drop (in /out) to the office at about 10am. We can have a chat then.

2. Can you book me (in /out) for a dentist appointment tomorrow, please?

3. Your revision notes are in a real mess. You should sort them (in /out) as soon as possible.

4. What time have we to check (out / in) at the airport?

5. How dare you speak to me like that. Get (in /out) of my office immediately!

6. I'd like to point (out /in) that you are over half an hour late.

7. It has taken him a long time to settle (out / in) at his new school.

8. Thank goodness it's Saturday tomorrow. I'm going to lie (out / in) until lunchtime.

Some in and out words

Look at these nouns / adjectives and their meanings. Unfortunately the meanings have been muddled up. Can you sort them out and get the right meaning for the right word?

1) break-in (n)

2) in-laws (n pl)

3) out-of-date (adj)

4) in-depth (adj)

5) lead-in (n)

6) worn out (adj)

7) long-drawn-out (adj)

8) out-take (n)

9) run-in (n)

10) way-out (adj)

11) out-tray (n)

12) in-joke (n)

a) a serious argument

b) something that introduces something else

c) a private joke that is only understood by a small group of people

d) unusual, very modern in style

e) a robbery when a thief enters a building to steal money or goods

f) a container on a desk for documents that have been dealt with

g) a short bit of a film that has been removed

because it contained mistakes

h) taking more time than is needed

i) the parents of your husband or wife and close members of their family

j) extremely tired (of a person)

k) old, not fashionable

l) done carefully and in great detail

Put in the ins and outs

Put IN or OUT in the following questions to complete them.

1. Have you had another run-... with your boss?

2. Are you okay? You look completely worn ... .

3. Can you please fill- ... this form for me?

4. Have you settled .... okay at your new job?

5. Do you get on with your .....-laws? Mine hardly speak to me.

6. Are you going to find ... why the train is late?

7. Can you point ..... the new student, please?

8. Can you help ... at the weekend? There's a lot of work to do.

Solve the clues

You are doing a crossword and there are five clues you can't solve. You ask your friend. He knows the answers. Can you complete the short dialogues?

1. To decide not to do something because you're too frightened. Two words. It begins with a C.

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2. To faint for a short time. Begins with a B.

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3. A cinema where you watch the movie from your car. Starts with a D.

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4. Your son's wife.

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5. Someone who's old-fashioned and never does anything fun. Starts with an S.

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( options: drive-out / black in / cat out / drive-in / black out / daughter-in-law / stick-in-the mud / stick-in-the-sand / chicken out / daughter ) Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Answers:

Is it in or out?

in / in / out / in / out / out / in / in

Some in and out words

1e / 2i / 3k / 4l / 5b / 6j / 7h / 8g / 9a / 10d / 11f / 12c

Put in the ins and outs

in / out / in / in / in / in / out / out / out / out

Crossword clues

chicken out / black out / drive-in / daughter-in-law / stick-in-the-mud

 

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