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How and when to use 'Nerve' idioms

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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.

In the News: 2010 UK Election

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Millions of people across the UK begin casting their _A_ in the general election that will decide the next government.

But with the election too close to call many _B_ have suggested that there could be a hung parliament - in which no party wins an outright majority.

Like and As

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When we want to talk about two things that are similar or the same we can use like and as.

To stop you getting confused when you use them remember these rules:


Like is used as a preposition and should be followed by a noun:

Word Forms Quiz

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I'm sure that you have a pretty good vocabulary, but do you sometimes use the wrong form of a word when speaking and writing? It's a common problem that can be fixed with careful consideration and practice. Let's get the ball rolling (start) with this exercise.

Task 1: Choose the correct missing form in each sentence
Task 2: Now the hardest part...write your own example sentences with the correct answers.

Upper Intermediate - Malcolm X Crime Reading

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Difficult lesson for you today! I suggest that you read the news article through once before you try and find the missing words. Do you k now who Malcolm X is?

Thomas Hagan, the only man who admitted his role in the 1965 assassination of iconic black leader Malcolm X, was _A_ Tuesday.

What are Demonstrative Adjectives?

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We use demonstrative adjectives to point out specific people or things.

This and that

This and that modify singular nouns.

This is used to point out something that is near by:
"This book I'm holding is very old."

Make sentences

How to make simple sentences using these words:


Use Wh- Questions for information

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Wh- Questions are a good way to find out more information because they cannot be answered with 'yes' or 'no'.

Let's practice using wh- question words to make questions. Choose the best word for each question.

When? = Time

Where? = Place

Who? = Person

Why? = Reason

How? = Manner (way/amount)

What? = Object

Which = Choice

Ten Verb Tense Review Questions

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Get ready for some verb tense review. Put the verb in brackets into the correct tense by thinking about the context of the sentence and, of course, being careful with the spelling. Only use one word per box.

Anyone who get's 10/10 should stand up and shout "I must be a genius!" in a loud voice!

Enjoy the weekend.

Link: More Verb Tense Review

Earth Day Reading - Upper Intermediate Level

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April 22, 2010 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Started in America in 1970, Earth Day is a day of celebration and activism intended to raise _A_ of environmental issues.