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Idiom of the Day: What's the catch?

Average: 3.6 (46 votes)

What's the catch?

Let's look at two uses of catch:

As a verb catch can mean to capture; not allow a person, animal or thing to escape:

"The fisherman caught a fish in his net."
"The police are still trying to catch the man who escaped from jail last night."

Say it right: Be polite

Average: 3.8 (19 votes)

Mind your P's and Q's is a very common expression in English which means, remember to be polite! It is really important when you learn a language, to learn how to say things nicely. In the following sentences, can you decide which sentence has the most polite form? Can you remember any other polite expressions? Let us know!

Look idioms part 2

Average: 1.4 (257 votes)

Yesterday we had a quiz on Look Phrasal Verbs. Today we continue with look idioms. Read the 7 statements and decide which responses match them.

The correct answers are given below.

Understanding Conversations

Average: 1.5 (175 votes)

Fred is being invited by his buddies (friends) Jeff, Nicole, and Selina to go to a soccer game. It has been a while since the four have had an opportunity to spend time together. Read their conversation then answer the questions below:

Jeff : Hey Fred, have any plans tomorrow? Nicole, Selina, and I are all going to watch Manchester United play Chelsea in London. We have an extra ticket. You interested in tagging along?

Business Idioms

Average: 3 (22 votes)

Whether we like it or not, the English speaking workplace is overflowing with idioms.

Food Idioms

Average: 1.7 (170 votes)

Here are some idioms to revise, all of which are related to food and eating. First look at the literal meanings of the idioms below and then see if you can decide which idiom correctly completes the sentence. Who is the apple of your eye? Is there something that just isn't your cup of tea?

Good luck!

Phrasal verbs with Down

Average: 3.5 (25 votes)

Yesterday we took a lesson on 'off' phrasal verbs. Today we'll continue by looking at some interesting phrasal verbs ending with 'down'.

Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!

By Seb, EC Cape Town English school

Idiom of the Day: Get a Grip

Average: 3.8 (50 votes)

Tired of idiom

This cartoon is based on the idiom get a grip.

Get a grip means to understand how to deal with something or to control your emotions.


"This book really helped me get a grip on politics."

Advanced Body Idioms

Average: 3.2 (19 votes)

An idiom is an expression used that cannot be easily understood by the meaning of each word separately.

Often an idiom, such as under the weather, does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be under the weather is to be sick.

Phrasal Verbs with Out

Average: 3.4 (20 votes)

English has a large number of phrasal verbs, many of which use the preposition out.

For example go out means to leave your home for a short time. Also, remember that some phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning. Go out also means to have a boyfriend/girlfriend.

Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!