Wednesday, November 21, 2018
1. to break down: to stop functioning Compare this idiom with to burn out in Lesson 12. To burn out means that electrical equipment becomes hot from overuse and stops functioning. To break down means that something stops functioning mechanically, whether from...
1. up to date: modern; current, timely Hyphens (-) separate the parts of this idiom when it precedes a noun form, as in the third example. The verb to update derives from this idiom. Ex: The president insisted that the...
1. to keep out: not to enter, not allow to enter Ex: There was a large sign outside the door that said, "Danger! Keep out!" Ex: I've told you to keep the dog out of the house. 2. to keep...
1. to make sure: to be sure, to ascertain (also: to make certain) Ex: Please make sure that you turn off the radio before you go out. Ex: Could you make certain of the time? I don't want to...
1. to wake up: to arise from sleep, to awaken Compare wake up and get up as used in the first example. Example: Marge woke up this morning very early, but she did not get up until about ten o'clock. ...
1. to be about to: to be at the moment of doing something, to be ready This idiom is often sued with the adverb just. Ex: I was just about to leave when you telephoned. Ex: Oh, hi, John. We're...
Phrasal Verbs and Idioms for English Speaking | Lesson 7 - Elementary Level 1. to point out: to show, to indicate, to bring to one's attention Ex: What important buildings did the tour guide point out to you? Ex: The...
Phrasal Verbs and Idioms for English Speaking | Lesson 6 - Elementary Level 1. under the weather: not feeling well, sick Ex: John stayed home from work because he was feeling under the weather. Ex: When you cat cold, you...
Phrasal Verbs and Idioms for English Speaking | Lesson 5 - Elementary Level 1. to shake hands: to exchange greetings by clasping hands Ex: When people meet for the first time, they usually shake hands. Ex: The student warmly shook...
Phrasal Verbs and Idioms for English Speaking | Lesson 4 - Elementary Level 1. to take part in: to be involved in, to participate in (also: to be in on) Example: Martin was sick and could not take part in...

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