'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 nameWednesday, 7 March, 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
'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
'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
There is more to running than meets the eye. Let's run and expand our vocabulary
What do these nouns mean?
1. a dry run
a) a drive to the seaside
b) a practice attempt at something before you do it for real
2. a run-in
a) a school sports day
b) a serious argument19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
A. IS IT UP OR DOWN?
Read through this story. When there is a choice of either 'up' or 'down' which one should it be?1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am
Circle the correct answers
1. According to the passage, what are the reasons for the skyrocketing prices of contemporary Chinese artworks?
i) Many speculators buy modern Chinese artworks with the aim of making a profit
ii) Rich Chinese collectors with refined taste are willing to fork out large sums to buy their favourite artworks14 May 2007 - 12:00am
1. What should the government do to boost the falling birth rate?
2. How many siblings do you have? Compare the size of your family with that of your grandparents. What are the differences? Can you think of any reasons for those differences?
3. Do you support China's one-child policy? Do you think it is an infringement of human rights?22 Jan 2007 - 12:00am
Spot the mistakes in the article and correct them
Chris Wong has written an article for the school newspaper. A teacher has read it and put the following correction symbols.
v no problem
^ word missing
E extra word
S spelling mistake
W a word is wrong in some way
Correct the article.3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am