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ENGLISH IDIOMS LESSON 3 (elementary) with its exercise.

ENGLISH IDIOMS LESSON 3 (elementary) with its exercise.

Date: Dec 13 2012

Topic: Idioms and Slang

Author: firar












to pick out: to choose, to select (S)


- Ann picked out a good book to give to her brother as a graduation gift.

- Johnny, if you want me to buy you a toy, then pick one out now.



to take one's (my, his, your, etc.) time: to do without rush, not to hurry This idiom is often used in the imperative form. (See the first example.)


- There's no need to hurry doing those exercises. Take your time.

- William never works rapidly. He always takes his time in everything that he does.



to talk over: to discuss or consider a situation with others (S)


- We talked over Carlo's plan to install an air conditioner in the room, but we couldn't reach a decision.

- Before I accepted the new job offer, I talked the matter over with my wife.



to lie down: to place oneself in a flat position, to recline


- If you are tired, why don't you lie down for an hour or so?

- The doctor says that Grace must lie down and rest for a short time every afternoon.



to stand up: to rise from a sitting or lying position (also: to get up)


- When the president entered the room, everyone stood up.

- Suzy, stop rolling around on the floor; get up now.



to sit down: to be seated (also: to take a seat)


- We sat down on the park bench and watched the children play.

- There aren't any more chairs, but you can take a seat on the floor.



all          (day, week, month, year) long: the entire day, week, month, year


- I've been working on my income tax forms all day long. I've hardly had time to eat.

- It's been raining all week long. We haven't seen the sun since last Monday.



by oneself: alone, without assistance


- Francis translated that French novel by himself. No one helped him.

- Paula likes to walk through the woods by herself, but her brother prefers to walk with a companion.


on purpose: for a reason, deliberately


This idiom is usually used when someone does something wrong or unfair.


- Do you think that she didn't come to the meeting on purpose?

- It was no accident that he broke my glasses. He did it on purpose.


 to get along with someone (something): to associate or work well with; to succeed or manage in doing (also: t o  g e t  o n  w i t h  s o m e o n e  o r  s o m e t h i n g )


- Terry isn't getting along with her new roommate; they argue constantly.

- How are you getting on with your studies?


to make a difference (to someone): to be of importance  
This idiom is often used with adjectives to show the degree of importance.


- It makes a big difference to me whether he likes the food I serve.

- Does it make any difference to you where we go for dinner?

- No, it doesn't make any difference.

- It makes no difference to Lisa either.


to take out: to remove, to extract (S); to go on a date with (S) (also: to go out with)


- Students, take out your books and open them to page twelve.

- Did you take Sue out last night?

- No, she couldn't go out with me. 





Choose the appropriate idiomatic expression to substitute for the italicized word or words in each sentence below. Idioms from previous lessons are indicated by number.


1.    I think that you should remove the last two sentences in the paragraph.

a. take out               b. pick out                 c. talk over


2. If you don't hurry in completing your schoolwork, you'll do a better job.

a. get off (Lesson 1)                              b. lie down          c. take your time


3. How are you succeeding in your new job?

a. getting on with      b. making a difference to      c. picking out


4. I don't like to go to the movies alone.

a. as usual (Lesson 2)      b. by myself           c. on purpose


5. Do you have a moment to try to find my keys with me?

a. to talk over              b. to look for (Lesson 2)        c. to get up


6. The child said that she didn't break the window deliberately.

a. on purpose            b. all day long             c. making a difference


7. Did you go on a date with your new girlfriend again today?

a. get along with        b. stand up                  c. go out with



8. It's cold outside; you'd better place a sweater on yourself.

a. sit down                 b. put on (Lesson 1)       c. take out


9. Fortunately, Marie is associating well with her new co-workers.

a. calling on (Lesson 2)   b. talking over     c. getting along with


10. Don't sit on the dirty ground like that; rise right now!

                    a. get up           b. lie down         c. sit down


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