Used to and would for past habits.

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Somebody asked me to explain more about ‘used to’ and ‘would’ and when we could use these. I have already wrtten this: Used to do We use ‘used to’ for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens. I used to smoke a packet a day but I stopped two years ago. […]

Keep phrasal verbs

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This lesson looks at the verb ‘to keep’ combined with particles: ‘to keep at’ something means to continue doing something even if it is hard or unpleasant. Learning phrasal verbs is hard so you have to keep at it every day. I had to finish so I kept at it for an hour before I […]

Hold phrasal verbs

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In today’s lesson we are going to look at using the verb ‘to hold’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to hold back’ means to restrain or stop something working. High rates of tax are holding back economic growth. He could easily get promotion if he were more a […]

Phrasal verbs – go part 3

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Let’s continue looking at the verb ‘to go’ combined with particles. Here are some more common ones: ‘to go on doing something’ means to continue doing something. He didn’t even look at me. He just went on working. I can’t go on working so hard. I’m going to make myself ill. ‘to go on to […]

Go phrasal verbs – part 2

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Here is the next lesson about using the verb ‘to go’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to go down’ means to get smaller or decrease. They are much cheaper than before. The price has gone down by at least ten percent. The price of laptop computers has gone […]

Go phrasal verbs part 1

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This lesson is the first lesson about using the verb ‘to go’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to go about’ means to deal with or tackle a task or job. Do you know how to enrol on the course? I don’t know how to go about it. How can I […]

Phrasal Verbs – give

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Let’s have a look at the verb ‘to give’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common expressions: ‘to give away’ means to give something for free, for no payment. In this issue of the magazine, they are giving away a free CD I gave away all my old clothes that were too […]

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 […]