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Vocabulary Exercise - How well can you do?

Average: 3.9 (8 votes)

Todays's exercise is a what we call a 'mixed bag'. That means it has a bit of everything.  Let's begin.

OK, so you think you're good at English? Well, today we have ten tricky words and phrases that I think you've heard before. They're all common and, above that, they're all useful. Let's see how many of you can get 10/10 and let's see if I made any spelling mistakes...right, Yura?

How to use Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns

Average: 3.2 (183 votes)

Choosing between a subject pronoun and an object pronoun can be tricky in a number of situations.  First, let's look at a list of pronouns.

Learn English Idioms

Average: 4.7 (10 votes)

Idioms. There are thousands of them! Pick up a newspaper or watch a TV show and you'll find them everywhere. Let's see how many of these idioms you are familiar with. Choose the correct word to complete each idiom. 

Link: Practice Idioms

In the news: Michael Jackson dies at 50

Average: 3.1 (7 votes)

Michael Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, passed away on Thursday 25.

Paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air following an emergency phone call.  It is believed that he suffered a cardiac arrest. Although the paramedics tried to resuscitate, he was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre.

especially vs specially

Hello

Would you please tell me whether the second sentences are OK ,if yes, do the both sentences mean the same thing?

1- My mother baked the cake specially for me.
2- My mother baked the cake especially for me.

1- The food was specially formulated for dog.
2- The food was especially formulated for dog.

Thanks a lot.

Shopping English

Average: 4 (10 votes)

Are you a shopaholic (a person who shops frequently)? Do you live to shop?

However you feel about it, a little retail therapy (shopping to make you happy) is often a good thing. While you're away on holiday in a foreign country, your family and friends are going to expect some small souvenirs (something you buy to help you remember a holiday/ a holiday present).

Here are a few expressions and words that will make your retail experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

10 Commonly Mispronounced Words

Average: 3.6 (20 votes)

The following words are all very common, yet they often present pronunciation difficulties. Hopefully, these tips will make it a little easier to say each word more clearly.

1. Clothes – the “th” sound followed by an “s” is very difficult even for native speakers.  Pronounce this word just like the word “close” as in: “Please close the door.”
Say: I wear clothes (close) when I close the door.

-ed and -ing adjective endings

Average: 4.1 (15 votes)

"This movie is boring, I am bored of watching it."

Subject Verb Agreement

Average: 3.7 (19 votes)

"Peter plays tennis"

Peter is the subject of the sentence. The subject is the person (or thing) that does an action.

In the news: man pretends to be his dead mother!

Average: 3.3 (9 votes)

Read the following news story and complete the exercise underneath. Some other key-words are linked to the Cambridge Online Dictionary:

A strange story surfaced in the American media this week about a New York man who was arrested for pretending to be his dead mother. Why would someone do something like that? For money, of course!