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Aliens, prepositions and more!

Average: 4.5 (11 votes)

Read through this short piece. Can you guess what the missing words are?

I've always been interested _1_ aliens, I never get tired _2_ reading and watching shows about them.

12 Weather Words

Average: 4.1 (11 votes)

Here are 12 words related to weather.  Read through them carefully. How many of them do you know?

Lightning
Barometer
Showers
Clear Sky
Flood
Breeze
Hail
Drizzle
Fog
Sandstorm
Humidity
Smog

Weather Descriptions

Read through these twelve sentences. Do you know which weather words are being described? Match the above words to their definitions:

A light wind is a _1_.

In the news: Is spicy food men's food?

Average: 4.2 (18 votes)

In your culture, is spicy food associated with masculinity? Does ordering the hottest thing on the menu make you more of a man?

A new study has revealed that men who like spicier foods have higher levels of testosterone. So basically, men who love spicy Indian curry are more manly - they have qualities traditionally ascribed to men, such as strength or bravery!

Instagram now more popular than Twitter

Average: 4.5 (15 votes)

Do you use social media? Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, which do you prefer and why?

Instagram, a photo- and video-sharing app owned by Facebook, announced on Wednesday that it now has 300 million monthly active users posting 70 million photos a day.

Since it was set up by co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in October 2010, Instagram has grown rapidly. It now appears to have overtaken micro-blogging service Twitter, which has 284 million monthly active users.

Drive Idioms

Average: 3.5 (26 votes)

In the driving seat

When you are in the driving seat, you are in control of a situation.

"During negotiations, he felt he was in the driving seat."

The driving force

The driving force behind someone or something is the person or thing that motivates and directs it.

"His wife was the real driving force behind his success."

Driving blind

'Shut' expressions

Average: 3.9 (16 votes)

When we close something or it becomes closed it is shut.

Can you shut the door, please?

She shut the suitcase.

He shut his eyes and listened to the music.

Here are some other common shut expressions:

Shut yourself away
When you stay at home so you don't have to see anyone, you shut yourself away. Usually because you or unhappy or because you need a quiet place to work/concentrate.

If I was or If I were

Average: 3.8 (50 votes)

Why is was used in the first sentence and were in the second?

If I were a millionaire, I would buy a yacht.
If I was late, it was because I got stuck in traffic.

Were for unreal situations

Use were when talking about imagined, hypothetical situations.

If I were you, I would book a flight now.
If you were an animal, you would be a cat!
I would ask her out on a date if I were ten years younger!

Thanksgiving in America

Average: 3.7 (26 votes)

November 27, 2014, is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

_1_ 1863 Thanksgiving has been an annual holiday in America.

The holiday _2_ a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A _3_ holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.

Can you find these ten mistakes?

Average: 3.5 (39 votes)

Here are ten sentences. Each one has a mistake. What are the ten mistakes? As you read the sentences, think about grammar, spelling, parts of speech and word forms.

Write your answers in the comments area below.

1 - This trousers are too tight for me.

2 - Have you ever seeing a monkey in the wild?

3 - She's been living in London since six months.

4 - Its much colder today than yesterday.

5 - Driving in bad weather can be danger.

6 - We are begining to see more and more birds in our garden.

7 - Are their more of those biscuits?

World Children's Day

Average: 4.6 (19 votes)

Do you know that since 1954, 20 November is recognised as as Universal Children's Day.

The aim of children's day is firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.