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English Grammar

Thirsty work

When someone tells you he got rich through hard work, ask him 'whose?' - Don Marquis, American writer (1878 - 1937)

Work it out

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

Make my day!

'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 early

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

You name it

'Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes'Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) - Irish playwright

Name nouns

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 name

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Day after day

'Life is just one thing after another'

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) - American philosopher

After you

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 somebody

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Itchy feet

'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 feet

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Drawing the short straw

'The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you'

Anita Roddick (1942-2007) - British businesswoman

To draw and to draw

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Keep it simple

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

In turn

'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 result

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A show of hands

'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 someone

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Set in your ways

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 text

30 May 2011 - 12:00am