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Adjectives - Positive Character Traits

Average: 3.8 (18 votes)

The following adjectives are positive character traits essential to learning English. I have included very concise (short, brief) definitions. Please consult a dictionary for a complete understanding of each word because many of the words are very similar in meaning. These words are worth incorporating into your vocabulary, so the next time someone asks you to describe yourself; you won't have any difficulty coming up with 11 positive character traits.

5 Synonyms

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 A short quiz for you today. Take a look at the five sentences and choose which word has the closest meaning to the key-word.

How many of you can get all five correct?

Link: 10 Prepositions Questions

In the news: Sound of Music sends teenagers home

Average: 3.2 (5 votes)

Youth club organisers have found a new weapon to drive out teenagers who overstay their welcome - songs from the musical 'The Sound of Music' have been used to encourage youngsters to go home when youth clubs wrap up for the night.

Staff at the Hilton Community Centre were having difficulty dispersing teenagers, who were reluctant to leave when the youth club ended at 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Hearing the singing nun pipe up is the way they are told that the party's over.

Double Negatives

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Ok, so you are here to learn some English. Well, I am going to throw you a curve ball (do something unexpected).

Sometimes, we can use mathematics to help us with our English. If math is not your cup of tea (you have no interest), don't sign out yet. I promise I'll make it worth your while.

Non-count and count quantifiers

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Choose the Correct Phrasal Verb

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Because you love phrasal verbs here's an exercise on them. Which preposition is needed to make the right phrasal verb to fit each sentence?

Link: Phrasal Verbs - test your knowledge

Link: The position of Phrasal Verbs

Choose the correct word

Average: 3.6 (22 votes)

Take a look at the following ten sentences and decide if the missing word is an adjective, noun or adverb. Many of these word-forms are confused by English learners. 

Well done to anyone who can all ten correct!

Link: Vocab Challenge

Link: Confusing Word Pairs

Word of the day: Whinge

Average: 3.6 (8 votes)

Whinge

Meaning: To complain or protest, especially about something which does not seem important.

Whinge as a verb:
"She's always whinging about something."
"I went out with Tom last night. He spent the whole evening whinging about his wife."

Past Participle Review

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Eat - Ate - Eaten. 'Eaten' is a past participle verb, but how and when is it used? Here's a quick review and quiz.

The past participle is used in both active and passive sentences:

In the news: Theme Park Bans Smelly People

Average: 3.4 (14 votes)

Rollercoaster riders at an English theme park are being banned from putting their arms in the air - after complaints about body odour.

Using the new rule, signs will tell visitors to keep their arms down and 'Say no to B.O.!' (Body Odour).

Wardens on the rides will also remind people to consider their fellow passengers and anyone ignoring the warnings will be taken off the rollercoaster. Those who continue to do so will be asked to leave the park.