Phrasal Verbs – get part 2

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Here is the second part about using the verb ‘to get’ combined with particles: ‘to get behind’ means to be late or behind schedule. I’ll stay late and finish it today. I don’t want to get behind with my work. We don’t want to get behind schedule on this project. ‘to get into’ means to […]

Phrasal Verbs – get

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This lesson is the first in two lessons about using the verb ‘to get’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to get across’ means to communicate, make people understand. I’m not sure I got that across very well. I don’t think they really understood. He’s an excellent speaker. He can get […]

English Phrasal Verbs fall part 2

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These English phrasal verb exercises continue looking at ‘to fall’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common: ‘to fall in with’ means to become friendly with a group. He stopped going to school when he fell in with a bad crowd. At university, she fell in with a group that introduced […]

English Phrasal Verbs – fall

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to fall’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to fall apart’ means to break into pieces because it is badly made. It was a cheap dress. The first time I wore it, it fell apart. I had terrible problems assembling the shelves, then they […]

English Phrasal Verbs – do

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to do ‘ combined with particles:   ‘to do away with’ means to get rid of something or to stop using something.  We did away with all the old equipment and invested in some new. Let’s do away with formality and use first names. ‘to be done in’ […]

English Phrasal Verbs – cut

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to cut ‘ combined with particles:   ‘to cut across’ means to take a shortcut over an area instead of going around the edge. It’ll be quicker to cut across the field. She quickly cut across the car park to where he was standing. ‘to cut back’ means […]

English Phrasal Verbs -come

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to come’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to come across’ means to find something by chance. Here is an old photo of me. I came across it when I was looking for my passport. I love this painting. I came across it in […]

Business English idioms – heart

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Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: If you get discouraged, you ‘lose heart’. When I saw how good the other contestants were I began to lose heart a bit. Don’t lose heart. We can still do well. At the moment you feel disappointed or discouraged your ‘heart sinks’. My heart sank when I […]

Phrasal Verbs – break

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These exercises are the first part about using the verb ‘to break ‘ combined with particles: ‘to break away’ means to stop being part of a group because you disagree with them. Several members broke away and formed their own group. Some of the members of the party disagreed with their policy and broke away […]

Business English Idioms – health

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Here are some idioms to do with health. To say that you are in good health, you can use the expressions ‘as fit as a fiddle’ or ‘fighting fit’. I’ve never felt better. I’m really fighting fit. After those vitamins the doctor gave me, I feel as fit as a fiddle. (Yes, ‘fiddle’ is another […]

Phrasal Verbs – blow

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to blow ‘ combined with particles: ‘to blow about’ means that the wind moves something in different directions. After the concert, there was a lot of litter blowing about in the park. We tried to collect up all the rubbish and plastic bags that were blowing about in […]

Presentations – Survival Language

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In modern English, Presentations tend to be much less formal than they were even twenty years ago. Most audience these days prefer a relatively informal approach. However, there is a certain structure to the opening of a Presentation that you should observe. I got the language for today’s lesson from an excellent book by Mark […]

Phrasal Verbs – ‘be’

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to be’ combined with particles: ‘to be away‘ means to have gone to another place. Sandra won’t be back until next month, she is away in China at the moment. I’m sorry but Martin is away on holiday this week. Can I help you? ‘to be down‘ means […]

Phrasal Verbs – back

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to back ‘ combined with particles: ‘to back away from’ something or someone means to retreat or move backwards from something, usually slowly, because you are frightened of them. When I saw the snake, I slowly backed away from it and called for help. He tried to back […]

Business English Idioms – Memory

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If you “can’t get a word in edgeways”, this means that you have no chance to say anything. So many people were trying to speak that I couldn’t get a word in edgeways. It’s also possible to say “can’t get a word in edgewise”. Kate never stops talking. It’s difficult to get a word in […]

Phrasal Verbs – ask

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to ask ‘ combined with particles: ‘to ask after’ someone means to ask for information about how they are and what they are doing. Sue was asking after you. I told her you were fine. He asked after my mother. He wanted to know how she was doing. […]

Presentations – signposting

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When we are giving a presentation, there are certain key words we use to ’signpost’ different stages in our presentation. These words are not difficult to learn but it is absolutely essential that you memorize them and can use them when you are under pressure giving a presentation. When you want to make your next […]

Phrasal Verbs – write

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to write’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to write away for’ something means to send a letter or form asking for something. I want a free copy so I’ll write away for one. She has written away for a brochure with details of the […]

Business expressions with ‘back’

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Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: I don’t suppose I need to tell you that ‘back’ can mean the part of your body that you can lie on or, more generally, the opposite of ‘front’. I’ve hurt my back and I can’t lift anything heavy. You’ll find it in the back of the […]

Phrasal verbs – work

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to work’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to work against’ means to cause problems for someone or something, make it harder to achieve. When you are applying for a job, age often works against you. Their image works against them. They need to change […]