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P.1 - Adult

In the news: Slight rise in UK adult learners, survey suggests

Average: 3.5 (6 votes)

Level: Pre-Intermediate +

Here's some interesting news about adult learners in the UK. Read the article then copy and paste the key words into the correct gap.

There has been a slight rise in the number of adults in the UK taking part in learning, a survey suggests.

A _A_ of 5,000 adults by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education found 21% were involved in learning, up from a low in 2009 of 18%.

Family phrasal verbs

Average: 3.6 (21 votes)

Today's lesson comes from Danica at EC Cape Town English Language School

A lesson on phrasal verbs for pre-intermediate students

Read the following text about Danica and her family and answer the following questions about phrasal verbs.

Do you have ANY idea when to use SOME and ANY?

Average: 3.4 (21 votes)

Today's lesson comes from Danica at EC Cape Town English Language School

Some basic guidelines:

7 Personality Adjectives

Average: 3.2 (29 votes)

Have you ever described yourself in one word? What word would you use to describe yourself? Personality adjectives are useful for talking about our characters or the characters of people we know.

Here are seven personality adjectives for you to learn. Do any of these describe you?


A person who has a strong wish to be successful, powerful or rich is ambitious.

Noun form of the verb

Average: 3.2 (207 votes)

"We need to decide where to go. This is an important decision."

In this sentence the highlighted verb is decide and the noun form of the verb is decision.

Today, I'd like you to take a look at the sentences below. Complete each sentence with a noun. Always use the noun form of the verb given in brackets. Don't use any -ing words.

Idioms of the day: "Bear with us!" & "Flat out"

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

Today's vocabulary comes from BBC News "Hung parliament: Bear with us, urges Nick Clegg"

"Nick Clegg has asked people to "bear with us" as the Lib Dems and the Tories enter a third day of negotiations.

Synonyms - words with the same meaning

Average: 3.1 (390 votes)

After yesterday's look at antonyms, the time is right for an exercise on synonyms.

A synonym is a word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.

Terrible and awful are synonyms because they have the same meaning.

Can you do better today than you did on yesterday's exercise?

Antonyms exercise - build your vocabulary

Average: 3.3 (40 votes)

Antonym is a word we use to mean opposite. So if I said, "what's an antonym of old?" you could answer with "new", for example.

Here's a mixed level exercise. I'm interested to know how many you can get right. Can anyone get 10/10?

Good luck!

Link: Antonyms: choose the opposite word

Ride, Rode, Ridden

Average: 3.3 (150 votes)

A few days ago we looked at how to use eat, ate, eaten. From what I can see, it was a pretty popular exercise and you must feel that it's important to review the basics.

Let's try another irregular verb, ride.

Ride is the present simple.

Rode is the past simple.

Ridden is the past participle.

Now then, complete the sentences with the correct verb.

How many did you get correct?

How and when to use 'Nerve' idioms

Average: 3.9 (48 votes)

nerves (noun) are a group of long thin fibres that carry information or instructions between the brain and other parts of the body. A nerve is like an electric cable that passes electric current. When your hand touches a something hot, the hand sends the feeling to the brain through nerves.

You don't have to be a doctor to use the word nerve because it is used in a few natural English expressions you should know.