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Friendship Expressions

Average: 3.8 (26 votes)

We make friends when we become friendly with new people.

She made friends easily at her new school.

We became friends after meeting at a party.

Hit it off

When you hit it off with someone you have a good friendly relationship. It is used to describe meeting someone for the first time.

We hit it off straight away.

I went on a date with Frank's brother last night but we didn't hit it off. I don't think we will go out again.

In the news: Cuban Embassy in Washington

Average: 3.6 (7 votes)

The Cuban flag was raised at its embassy in Washington for the first time since 1961, at the same time the United States reopened its embassy in Havana.

The developments symbolise a major step toward America's goal of ending longstanding tensions with Cuba.

Am, Are and Is

Average: 3.7 (159 votes)

English verbs have different forms in the simple present tense depending on the number and person of the subject. It is important that the verb and the subject agree. For the verb be these are:

Singular Present

I am 1st person

You are 2nd person

He is / she is / it is 3rd person

Singular Past

I was 1st person

You were 2nd person

Women's World Cup

Average: 3.9 (11 votes)

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team _1_ winning the Women's World Cup on Sunday in Vancouver. The United States _2_ Japan with a final score of 5-2.

Twerk in the English dictionary

Average: 3.1 (36 votes)

Read this article and decide if the statements which follow it are true or false:

The Oxford English Dictionary has confirmed that 500 words are being added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

The dictionary records the meaning and development of the English language. For a word to qualify, it must have been have been in popular use for at least 10 years in both novels and newspapers.

Some of the terms in Oxford's latest update are much older than you might think.

Phrasal Verbs Quiz

Average: 4.7 (18 votes)

A phrasal verb is a group of words that function as a verb and is made up of a verb and a preposition, an adverb, or both. Phrasal verbs have a different meaning to the meaning of their separate parts.

Phrasal Verb Examples

The hotel staff need to see our passports before we check in.

I left my phone in the car, I'll have to go back and get it.

I never wake up early on the weekend.

Personality Type - Gemini

Average: 4.5 (8 votes)

Some people believe the signs of the Zodiac can tell us about our daily lives and the personality characteristics we posses.

People born between May 21 and June 20 are Gemini.

Just for fun (so don't take it too serious), here is a personality lesson based on the traditional description of Gemini people.

Gemini are extremely independent. Geminis have a strong sense of self and freedom is very essential to them.

3 Beach Idioms

Average: 3.6 (28 votes)

Do you recognise these three beach idioms?

Beach bum

A young man who is always on the beach is a beach bum. A beach bunny is often used for females.

He's turned into a real beach bum since he moved to California.

Life's a beach

When you are very happy because your life is going well, life's a beach. It has the opposite meaning of the more well-known idiom, life's a bitch.

He got engaged and got promoted - life's a beach for him at the moment.

20 Mixed Preposition Questions

Average: 3.7 (124 votes)

Prepositions are the words found before nouns, pronouns, or other substantives to form phrases functioning as modifiers of verbs, nouns, or adjectives.

They give us more information on where, when and why things happen.

Using the wrong preposition is a common mistake made by English learners.

Choose the best preposition in each sentence:

'Stand' Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.4 (11 votes)

Stand in

You stand in for someone when you replace them because they cannot do it:
She will stand in for me while I am away on holiday.

Stand down

When you leave a job or position so that someone else can do it instead of you, you stand down.
She will stand down as president of the company before her sixtieth birthday.