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Phrasal Verbs Quiz

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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

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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.

Month Idioms

Average: 3.8 (21 votes)

January

It'll be a long day in January
Use it to describe something that will never happen. When hell freezes over has the same meaning.
It'll be a long day in January when you beat me at tennis.

March

Mad as a March hare
Acting crazy. Hares, which look like rabbits, just around and act crazy during their March breeding seson.
I like Jimmy but he acts as mad as March hare sometimes.

In the news: Sepp Blatter and FIFA

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Sepp Blatter, who has led FIFA (the world soccer's governing body) for 17 years, has announced he will be stepping _1_.

The Swiss was re-elected President last week, despite seven top Fifa officials being arrested in a huge corruption _2_.

Blatter had remained adamant he could clean _3_ the corrupt organisation, suddenly announced that he would _4_ from a position he has held since 1998.

Effective communication

Context: Person A is a field service Engineer who is out in the field servicing a machine which has just been delivered and has broken down even before it operate at the customer's site. The machine is a complex machine that has many parameters to be set and ideally every machine should the same set of parameters. However, in the real world, every machine will have different set of parameters due to tolerance of parts used and any other differences either due to manufacturing methods or assemblers. Person B is the designer responsible for the parameters changes.

Using the Past Perfect Tense

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The past perfect tense is used to express action completed in the past:

"She had eaten is an example of the tense."

The past perfect tense represents action that occurs BEFORE another past action:

"My boss had gone before I had the chance to see him."

How to Form the Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect tense uses had + the past participle of the main verb

"She had never tried surfing before she visited Australia."

English words that go together

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As you learn English, it's very important to develop an understanding of words that regularly occur together. Words that go together are called collocations. Knowing them will make your English sound more natural.

Choose the best collocation in these sentences:

In the news: Johnny Depp's Dogs!

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Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has been given an _1_ by Australia: Either send your pet dogs back home to the United States or they will be put _2_.

“There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into _3_ and then you can have them,” said Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

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Forlorn vs desperate

Hello,
I have the following sentence but i can't decide which option I should opt for:

On being told that his team had not made it to the finals, his face dropped, and he looked most...............

1. desperate
2. forlorn
3. pitied
4. rejected

I think that 'forlorn' is the right option but i have doubts about 'desperate' too. Please advise.
Thank you