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Idiom of the Day: Slip up

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slip up idiom

This cartoon is based on the double meaning of slip.

Slip as a verb means to lose balance and perhaps fall, especially on a slippery surface like ice.
"Be careful of the ice. You might slip."
"She slipped on the wet floor and broke her ankle."

What are Collocations?

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In English we don't make our homework, we do our homework. We don't do a mistake, we make a mistake. We don't make a party, we have a party. These are examples of collocations. Collocations are combinations of words which are usually used together.

In the news: Missing Plane

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, a jetliner carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew took off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur for Beijing in China. The aircraft ceased all communications and its signal was lost above the sea as it approached Vietnam. The airplane has not been seen since and no confirmed wreckage has been found.

Fall Phrasal Verbs for Business English

Average: 4 (20 votes)

Fall out

To argue and disagree with someone.
"She left the company after falling out with her boss."

Fall through

For a plan or agreement to fail.
"John agreed to sell his car to Tom but the deal fell through. Now John needs to find a new buyer."

Oscar Winners

Average: 3.8 (11 votes)

The 86th Academy Awards were held last night in L.A. 

British director Steve McQueen's walked away with the biggest award of the night for 12 Years A Slave but Gravity cleaned up winning seven Oscars.

Leonard Di Caprio left empty handed as he lost out to Matthew McConaughey's, in the Best Actor category.

Noun or Adjective Quiz

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Adjectives are used ro give us more information about nouns.

A green chair. - Green is an adjective, it gives us more information about the noun, chair.

Adjectives are also used to modify pronouns. For example, It's the green one. Here the pronoun is 'one'.

We have to be careful when nouns are used in place of adjectives to give us more information about a noun. Compare these three sentences:

Find the mistakes

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Read through this short text. There are six mistakes. Can you find them? Write your answers in the comments section. Click on 'show answers' to find out.

"During the week my alarm clock goes out at 7am. I wake up, have a quick shower, dry my hairs and get dressed.

I get in the bus at 7:45. Its usually quiet so I can get a seat. Work starts at 9am but I like to arrive early. The first thing I do is take myself a cup of coffee and start reading my emails.

In the news: Treasure found in California

Average: 4.1 (10 votes)

A California couple out walking their dog have stumbled across rare, mint-condition gold coins said to be worth up to US$10m, _1_ in the ground. The 1,427 coins, which date from 1847-1894, were never in public use.

Before and After

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After

We'll make a decision after the meeting.

Here we have two actions, both are in the future.

Make a decision
Have a meeting

Which of these will happen first?

The meeting will be first and then the decision will be made.

Before

I lived in India before I met your mother.

Here we have two past events:

Meeting your mother
Living in India

Present, Past and Past Participle Verbs

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Last night I chose what movie we watched; today you choose the movie.

Chose is the past simple tense of choose.

The river is starting to freeze. Do you remember when it froze last year?

Freeze is the simple tense form of the verb. Froze is the past simple tense.