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More Phrases and Expressions

Guess which words fit in the blanks to complete each key sentence. Answers are at the bottom!

1. This means to cook a soup, stew, or sauce on low heat, so that it just bubbles a little bit:

“After that, you just have to ___ it for an hour or so.”

2. What can you call a machine that doesn't work well?

“This thing is such a ___ ___ ___!”

3. Ask a question this way when you think that the answer is probably "no":

“Did I leave my camera at your place, ___ ___ ___?”

4. This means that you don't have much money right now:

5 March Phrases

This Week's Lessons

Guess which words fit in the blanks to complete each key sentence. Answers are at the bottom!

1. This is a casual way to ask if someone is OK:

“You ___ ___ ___?”

2. This is an expression for talking about something that annoys you:

“___ ___ ___ how those cords always get tangled up?”

3. What's the date that is printed on food containers, which tells you when you have to use it by?

“I don't know, sweetie. Check the ___ ___.”

4. Talk about things that you hope will happen this way:

Phrases for the week

This Week's Lessons

Guess which words fit in the blanks to complete each key sentence. Answers are at the bottom!

1. These are little pieces of advice which help you to make good decisions:

“A good ___ ___ ___ is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart.”

2. What's a phrase that means to clean up things that are laying around in your home?

“Guys, help me ___ ___ a little please.”

3. This means to do something often:

“She still sends me photos of her family ___ a ___ ___.”

4. Which preposition should you use to talk about setting an alarm?

More Phrases

This Week's Lessons

Guess which words fit in the blanks to complete each key sentence. Answers will be posted in the future.

1. This word describes pain that's so bad, you can't stand it:

“The pain was just ___!”

2. What do you call the hole in the wall that you get electricity from?

“Yeah, but then it'll be blocking one of the ___.”

3. This phrase describes the feeling of frustration when you've tried hard to solve a problem but can't:

“Thank you so much. I was at my ___ ___ trying to figure that out!”

Phrases for the week

This Week's Lessons

Guess which words fit in the blanks to complete each key sentence. Answers are at the bottom!

1. Do you know a phrase that means "something like that"?
“I was thinking a shark or something ___ those ___.”

2. What do you say when you accidentally make a pun (a joke using two words that sound alike but have different meanings)?
“I'm on a roll! No pun ___.”

3. This word means to talk about a topic that needs to be discussed:
“Have you guys ___ exponents yet?”

4. This is a way of saying that there's too much information:

5 levels of incorrect English

The 5 levels of incorrect English

What does it mean to say that something is "wrong" in English? Sometimes readers ask me things like "Is this sentence correct?" and I have trouble answering directly. That's because there are actually several different meanings of the words "correct" or "incorrect", "right" or "wrong".
Here are some of the different categories of "incorrect" English that I've found:

Level 1: Unintelligible English

Something that people just can't understand is "unintelligible".
Here's an example of unintelligible English:

Phrases for the week

This Week's Lessons

Guess which words fit in the blanks to complete each key sentence. Answers are at the bottom!

1. Say this when someone is upset and you want them to calm down:
“___, ___. No need to get all melodramatic.”

2. A person who gets annoyed and complains a lot is called...
“Gosh, I feel like I'm turning into a ___ old man.”

3. What do you call someone who's really helpful and does a good job?
“She's a tremendous ___ to the team, and we're lucky to have her.”

Phrases of the week

Quiz Questions from this week's lessons

1. This means to correctly predict something:
“You totally ___ it!”

2. What's a phrase which means to carefully check the details of something?
“We need to ___ an ___-___ look at our process to determine how this managed to happen.”

3. Use this phrase to describe something which you tried or invested in, and is now giving you some benefit:
“We're seeing our retail marketing efforts really ___ ___.”

4. Your flight was cancelled and you aren't able to get home today. There's nothing that you can do about it, so you say:

The new year and new lessons.

Hello Tomeng guests and members:

As my first order of business I want to express my sincere best wishes to you all in the new year, 2012. As always it will take me about a month to realize that I'm really into year 2012. I usually write 2011 (the previous year) on all my bank checks and bills, not really believing that it is indeed 2012. The bank always forgives me. I'm grateful for that.

Secondly, I hope to be able to offer you some new insights to improving your English skills. So, here is my first suggestion for 2012:

Phrases of the week

Quiz Questions from this week's lessons

1. This describes someone who says something really convincing:
“She makes a ___ argument.”

2. You hear this when you get on the subway:
“___ ___ ___ the closing doors please.”

3. What phrase can you use to talk about changes in a country, a business, etc.?
“Just as you started to think we were finally ___ ___ an economic recovery, unemployment goes up again.”

4. When you end a phone call, you "hang up" the phone. But this means to hang up while the other person is still talking:
“You hung up ___ me!”

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