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Wonderwall - A tribute to EC Manchester - Listening

Average: 3.1 (38 votes)

Guess the missing lyrics!

Our new school, EC Manchester, opened this month in a city famous for great music, including Britpop stars Oasis.

Listen carefully
and fill in the blanks to complete the lyrics of their hit song.

Follow-up: More Antonyms!

Average: 5 (8 votes)

This lessons follows last week's 'Opposite Meanings - Try These Antonyms'.

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. Choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters:

Summer Blockbusters

Average: 4.5 (20 votes)

(Paragraph 1) It's a Hollywood trend for major film studios to release big-budget movies in the summer.

(Paragraph 2) A blockbuster is a lavishly produced film that has or is expected to have wide popular appeal and financial success. They usually have well-known actors, the strong possibility of sequels and are heavily advertised for months before they are released.

(Paragraph 3) The top three summer blockbusters of all-time are Marvel's The Avengers (2012), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Expressions of quantity

Average: 4 (24 votes)

Expressions of quantity tell us how many or how much of something there is.

Compare these two sentences:

We get a little rain in spring.
Many people live in London.

We use a little with non-countable nouns like rain, snow, pollution etc. We cannot use a little with countable nouns.

We use many with countable nouns like people, cars, chairs etc. We cannot use many with countable nouns.

Personality Synonyms

Average: 3.9 (24 votes)

How would you describe your personality? What are some positive adjectives you would use? Are there any negative words?

Today we look at words that we can use to describe someone's personality.

Synonyms are words that have similar meaning, so when we describe someone as reliable we can also say trustworthy. Reliable and trustworthy are synonyms which we use to describe someone's personality.

How many of these personality adjectives do you know? Match the word to its closest synonym:

Opposite Meanings - Try These Antonyms

Average: 3.2 (24 votes)

Synonyms are words that have almost the same meaning.
Example: The words big and large are synonyms.

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings.
Example: The words easy and difficult are antonyms.

Antonym quiz: choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning:

Do Phrasal Verbs

Average: 3.8 (20 votes)

Do away with

Get rid of; remove; put an end to

I wish we could do away with poverty.

Do over

To do something again from the beginning.

I need to do over the bedroom. My wife doesn't like the colour of the walls I just painted.

Do up

To fasten something (usually clothes)

Do up your shoelaces or you might fall.

Do without

To succeed in living or working without someone or something.

Confusing Words: Felt and Fell

Average: 4.5 (20 votes)

Let's take a look at a pair of words that are commonly confused by English learners: felt and fell.

Felt

Felt is the past tense and past participle of the verb 'feel'.

She felt better after a good sleep.
I haven't felt this sick for a long time.

Fell

Fell is the past tense of the verb 'fall'.

I broke my arm when I fell off the horse.
She tripped and fell down the stairs.

Dis- Prefix

Average: 3.7 (23 votes)

Adding a prefix to the start of a word changes the meaning.

Dis- is a negative prefix. It means not or none. When we add dis- to the beginning of a word, we give it the opposite meaning.

Take a look at these example sentences.

Appear and Disappear

The sun appears over the sea in the morning and disappears behind the mountains in the evening.

Honest and Dishonest

Stealing is dishonest. Now be honest with me, did you take the CD?

Idiom of the Day: From Scratch

Average: 4 (16 votes)

scratch idiom

This month's cartoon is based on the word scratch.

Scratch

Scratch (verb)

to rub your skin with your fingernails, often when your skin is itching. In the picture, the scientist is scratching his neck.

"She scratched her nose."

"My back is itching. Can you scratch it for me?"