Phrasal Verb

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

Wednesday, 7 March, 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

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

Feeling low

Low nouns

'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 tide

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Back talk

'Your best friends are those who speak well of you behind your back'

Sam Ewing (1949 - ) - American baseball player

Back copies

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 flashback

11 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Look lively

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 you

28 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Don't run yourself down

There is more to running than meets the eye. Let's run and expand our vocabulary

Running nouns

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 argument

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A page of ups and downs


Read through this story. When there is a choice of either 'up' or 'down' which one should it be?

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Test your understanding

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 artworks

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

Think about it

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

A grand day

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