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Elementary to Pre-Intermediate – Everyday Expressions

Average: 1.6 (223 votes)

When we speak to co-workers, friends or family in a social situation, some common expressions are used again and again.

This is very common for when we say "Hello" and "Good-bye".

When to use Some and Any

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The use of some and any is easily confused.

Some means a certain (not large) number of something and is used in positive sentences, and questions when we expect the answer to be yes, such as in requests and offers.

Any is used instead of some in negative sentences, and most questions.

For example:

What's a Bucket List?

Average: 4.3 (15 votes)

At EC San Deigo English school they recently had a class discussion on Bucket Lists.

A Bucket List is where you write down all of the things you want to do in your life before you die.

The term comes from the slang idiom "to kick the bucket" meaning "to die". 

make sentences!

 can you ppl please help me make sentences from the words given below:

alliance (a relationship formed btw countries or groups for a joint purpose)

broach (1. cause to feel isolated. 2. lose the support or sympathy)

alienate (1. raise a subject for discussion. 2. pierce a container)

chortle (laugh loudly)

transpose (1. cause two or more things to change places. 2. move to a different place or situation.)

cogitate (think deeply)

dragoon (force into doing something a member of certain British regiments)

woebegone (sad or miserable)

Idiom of the month: Bring Down

Average: 3.9 (25 votes)

rub it in

Today's joke is based on two meanings of bring down.

Bring down: Make someone depressed, unhappy or exhausted. Get Down can also be used:

"This rainy weather is really bringing me down."

How do you sleep?

Average: 4.5 (20 votes)

Mmmm sleep, how I miss it!

Apparently, the position we are in when we sleep can give people an insight into our personality.

Which position do you sleep in?

Do you snore?

Read the article and try and complete the gaps with the correct vocabulary.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

7 Weather Idioms

Average: 4.9 (1872 votes)

People, especially English people, love talking about the weather and there are lots of weather related idioms.

Have you come across any of these idioms before?

Read through the meanings of the idioms and then check your understanding by choosing the correct idiom for each sentence below.

Let us know how you do!


As right as rain - Feeling fine and healthy.

Present Perfect with For and Since

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For and since are commonly used with the present perfect tense.


We use for to talk about a period of time.

E.g. "I haven't smoked for weeks."


We use since to talk about a specific point in time, or a time when the action started.

Most common English words

Average: 4 (7 votes)

World-english.org has created a list of the most used words in the English language.

Each of these sentences includes one of these words and it's your job to decide which word goes in each gap.

The words I've chosen are ranked in popularity from 1-200.

Use the following ten words to complete the sentences ago.

In some cases, it's possible there's more than one right answer. Post your ideas and we will tell you if your idea is possible or not.

Good luck!

Wh questions review

Average: 3.3 (45 votes)

English learners sometimes find the structure of asking questions quite difficult to understand.

Here we review the use of interrogative words (also known as wh-words). These are questions which cannot be answered with "yes" or "no" e.g. "What is your name?"

These ten questions are based on common mistakes I've heard English students make.