When someone tells you he got rich through hard work, ask him 'whose?' - Don Marquis, American writer (1878 - 1937)
Work it outWednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am
'Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better'
Emile Coue (1857-1926) French psychologist
The big day
A day is the 24 hours between one midnight and the next. Here are some useful nouns and phrases that use the little word.
What is ...?
1 an open day
a. a day when shops close early23 May 2012 - 12:00am
'Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes'Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) - Irish playwright
A name is the word by which a person, thing or place is known. But what is ..?
1 a big name
a. a person who is overweight
b. a famous or important person
2 a pen name7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
'Life is just one thing after another'
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) - American philosopher
The preposition 'after' tells us when something happened.
She arrived at the cinema after me.
But what do these phrasal verbs mean?
1 to take after somebody22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
'Why isn't there a special word for the tops of your feet?'
Lily Tomlin, American comic actress
Get cold feet
Our feet are those useful body parts at the bottom of our legs. Without feet, we would fall over. Here are some useful phrasal verbs involving feet. What do they mean?
1 to get cold feet8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
'The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you'
Anita Roddick (1942-2007) - British businesswoman
To draw and to draw14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
If you ask local students what a perfect progressive verb is, chances are they will know. Not only that, but they may also tell you the difference between past perfect progressive and present perfect progressive. If you ask students at international schools the same question, chances are they will look at you as if you have two heads.16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
'I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.' American comedian Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
How did it turn out?
Adding another small word to the verb 'to turn' changes the meaning. What do these verbs mean?
1 to turn out
a. to have a particular result9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
'It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities' - JK Rowling, British author
Show me around!
'To show' means 'to demonstrate' or 'to illustrate'. But adding a small word, such as 'off', changes the meaning. What do these phrasal verbs and phrases mean?
1 to show somebody up
a to embarrass someone2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return. Jewish proverb
A small setback
What do these 'set' nouns mean?
1 a set-to
a. an argument
b. a short period of happiness
2 a set text30 May 2011 - 12:00am
'Low' is the opposite of 'high', but what do these 'low' nouns mean?
1 highs and lows
a. happy and sad times
b. the different types of friends someone has
2 low-rise pants
a. trousers that sit low on the hips
b. pants that stop below the knee
3 low tide9 May 2011 - 12:00am
The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings John Murray HK$234
Why do we get so agitated about matters of grammar and spelling and punctuation?24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
'Your best friends are those who speak well of you behind your back'
Sam Ewing (1949 - ) - American baseball player
What are these?
1 a back copy
a. a forged copy of a famous painting
b. a newspaper or magazine of an earlier date than the one on sale now
2 a flashback11 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
What sort of look?
What do the following expressions mean?
1 a black look
a. a look of anger and hate
b. a loving look
2 a look-alike
a. someone who looks upset
b. someone who is similar in appearance to someone else
3 a look-in
a. a glance behind you28 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
Answer the following questions:
1 Which currency is valued higher?
a. Chinese yuan
b. Hong Kong dollar
2 Which company does NOT use the one-to-one exchange rate?
b. Spaghetti House
c. Marks & Spencer
d. Disneyland3 Mar 2009 - 12:00am