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English words that go together

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As you learn English, it's very important to develop an understanding of words that regularly occur together. Words that go together are called collocations. Knowing them will make your English sound more natural.

Choose the best collocation in these sentences:

In the news: Johnny Depp's Dogs!

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Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has been given an _1_ by Australia: Either send your pet dogs back home to the United States or they will be put _2_.

“There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into _3_ and then you can have them,” said Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Simple Past Tense Exercise

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Use the simple past tense to talk about actions that have already finished. It doesn't matter when in the past they happened or how long they happened for.

Take a look and compare the present tense verbs with simple past tense verbs in these two sentences.

Present:
I take my young brother to the park and buy him an ice-cream. We kick around a football, laugh and talk for hours.

Advanced Level - UK Elections

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What are the seven missing words in this short text about UK politics?

The people of Britain will step into _1_ booths on May 7 to choose their next government.

Opinion polls currently suggest no party will win an _2_ victory and another hung Parliament is likely. In this event current Prime Minister, David Cameron, would offer the Libral Democrat Party a repeat of the last five years in forming a _3_ government.

5 Heat Idioms

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It's heating up (the weather is getting warmer) here in Malta.

Do you know that heat up is also used to describe a situation that is becoming intense, or angry: "The conversation started to heat up so I decided to leave."

Here are five other heat related expressions.

Take the heat

If you can take the heat you can take criticism and handle stressful situations.

"Don't worry, if the project fails and the boss gets angry, I'll take the heat for us."

Sleep more for success!

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I’d always been _1_ that to be successful, and I mean really successful, you have to work, work, work! You know the kind of thing, be up early, go to bed late and _2_ on only 4 hours sleep a night. We're told that CEO's like Twitter's Jack Dorsey or Pepsi's Indra Nooyi _3_ get any.

An article I read recently on the BBC is making me think that long hours might not be _4_.

Too & Not Enough

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Use not enough and too when something is inadequate.

Too + Adjective

When the amount of something is more than needed/wanted we can use too + adjective. It is only used in negative situations.

It's too cold in this room, close the door.

I'm too tired to play football tonight.

She said she was too old to go to nightclubs.

Find the 10 common mistakes

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Take a look at these ten sentences, there is one mistake in each one. Can you find all of them? Write your correct sentences in the comments area.

4 Face Idioms

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Straight Face

When your face shows no emotion, especially when you are trying not to laugh, you keep a straight face.

Don't laugh, try and keep a straight face or she will know you are joking.

His new hairstyle is so funny I found it hard to keep a straight face.

Lose Face

When you lose face you feel you have lost the respect of others because of something you have done. When feel embarrassed when you lose face.

What does Pre mean?

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A prefix is placed before a base word to modify its meaning.

Examples of prefixes include:

return, reply, return

unkind, untrue, uncertain

misunderstand, misprint, mistrust

Pre prefix words

Pre is a prefix which means before, prior to, early and in front of.