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Archive for April, 2012

Idiom of the week – Pin (someone) down

Posted by englishlessons on April 29, 2012

Definition:

force someone to be specific and make his/her intentions clear; fix or establish

Examples:

We need to pin him down on the specifics before we can come to an agreement.

I’ve asked her to set a date, but she’s been hard to pin down.

Picture it:

This idiom comes from wrestling. When one wrestler pins down another wrestler, he can’t move or escape.

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Idiom of the week – On the table/ Off the table

Posted by englishlessons on April 17, 2012

Definition:

offered for discussion/ not offered for discussion

Examples:

Our offer is still on the table. Let us know if you want to take it.

That option is no longer available. It’s off the table.

Picture it:

Imagine a table where people meet to negotiate. Ideas that are open for discussion are on the table.

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on April 17, 2012

Mistake Correction

  1. I noticed that you is expanding the business recently.

  1. I noticed you have been expanding the business recently.

  1. With four years experience, I would like to promote to a higher level.

  1. With four years experience, I would like to be promoted to a higher level.


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Idiom of the week – Have/get one’s foot in the door

Posted by englishlessons on April 10, 2012

Definition:

to complete the first step in a process

Examples:

He wants a full-time job at that company when he graduates. He’s working there as an intern during the summer to get his foot in the door.

She wants to become a doctor. She already has her foot in the door as she’s volunteering at a local clinic after school.

Picture it:

If you put your foot in the door, it makes it hard for someone to close the door on you.

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Posted by englishlessons on April 4, 2012

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Idiom of the week – Raise some eyebrows

Posted by englishlessons on April 3, 2012

Definition:

Cause disapproval or surprise (by doing or saying something)

Examples:

His wild behavior raised some eyebrows.
Her promotion raised some eyebrows as it was so unexpected.

Picture it:

Watch people in a group when someone does or says something surprising or upsetting. You will see their eyebrows go up.

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