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Archive for March, 2012

Idiom of the week – Turn one’s back on someone/something

Posted by englishlessons on March 28, 2012

Definition:

ignore someone/something; reject someone/something

Examples:

He’s a good friend. I know that he’ll never turn his back on me.
That country turned its back on our recent agreement. They decided not to honor it.

Picture it:

Picture a man turning away from you so that he is no longer facing you and walking away.

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Idiom of the week – Look under the hood

Posted by englishlessons on March 23, 2012

Definition:

examine the details

Examples:

Before you invest in this company, you should look under the hood and find out more about their products and sales revenue.
We found out which companies were supplying components in that new tablet by looking under the hood.

Picture it:
Lift the hood of a car and examine the engine

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Idiom of the week- Turn up the heat (on something/someone)

Posted by englishlessons on March 19, 2012

Definition:

increase the amount of pressure on someone or something

Examples:

The police turned up the heat on illegal activity in this neighborhood by assigning more police officers to patrol the area.

His political opponents are turning up the heat in this election campaign with ads attacking the politician.

Picture it:

If you turn up the heat on your stove, you increase the temperature.

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on March 18, 2012

Mistake Correction

  1. They advised me check with you.

  1. They advised me to check with you.
    They advised checking with you.

  1. They permitted me taking one piece of luggage.

  1. They permitted me to take one piece of luggage.


It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in writing. The mistakes above are covered in Step 11 in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Writing in English – High Beginning+, helps you keep track of mistakes you make in the program with a tool called your “Common Errors List,” which lets us save your mistakes and the corrections.

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on March 12, 2012

Mistake Correction

  1. Yes, Tuesday at 11 AM is working for me.

  1. Yes, Tuesday at 11 AM works for me.
    (step 7; Writing in English- High Beginning+)

  1. I look forward to speak with you.

  1. I look forward to speaking with you.
    (step 12; Writing in English- High Beginning+)


It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in writing. The mistakes above are covered in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Writing in English – High Beginning+, helps you keep track of mistakes you make in the program with a tool called your “Common Errors List,” which lets us save your mistakes and the corrections.

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Idiom of the week- Keep someone/something at arm’s length

Posted by englishlessons on March 7, 2012

Definition:

keep someone/something at such a distance that physical or social contact is discouraged

Examples:

To avoid a conflict of interest, we need to keep them at arm’s length.

The legislators are supposed to keep the lobbyists at arm’s length.

Picture it:

Hold out your arms in front of you. If you maintain that distance, you can’t get too close to another person.

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on March 2, 2012

Mistake Correction

  1. I hope she can device a solution

  1. I hope she can devise a solution

  1. This is an economy solution.

  1. This is an economic solution.


It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in writing. Mistakes with word forms in English can be problems for even advanced level students. The mistakes above are covered in Step 16 in Writing in English – Intermedate+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Writing in English – Intermediate+, helps you keep track of mistakes you make in the program with a tool called your “Common Errors List,” which lets us save your mistakes and the corrections.
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