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Archive for October, 2012

Idiom of the week- Breathing room/space

Posted by englishlessons on October 29, 2012

Definition:

Enough area/time to permit freedom of movement

Examples:

He was upset that his girlfriend wanted to go everywhere with him. He felt that she didn’t give him enough breathing room.

The third quarter profits gave the company breathing room to devise a new strategy for the marketplace.

Picture it:

Picture yourself in a tight, crowded space where it is difficult to move or breathe easily.

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Idiom of the week- Lay the groundwork

Posted by englishlessons on October 25, 2012

Definition:

create a foundation; provide the basics or fundamentals

Examples:

This math class will lay the groundwork for calculus.

Her early research laid the groundwork for the discovery.

Picture it:

To construct a building, you must lay the groundwork or foundation first.

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Idiom of the week- in the wake of

Posted by englishlessons on October 19, 2012

Definition:

directly following, as a result of

Examples:

In the wake of increasing competition, the company decided to spend more on advertising.

There was a lot of cleanup to do in the wake of the storm.

Picture it:

Picture the water behind a moving boat; calm water is replaced by waves as the boat moves through the water.

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on October 16, 2012

It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in an email or an essay for a test like the TOEFL or TOEIC.  

The mistake below is covered in Step 10 in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Step 10 has an interactive presentation for this grammar rule followed by scored practices with immediate feedback.

Mistake Correction
  1. We need detailed information on how the data migration will be cover this vendor.

  1. We need detailed information on how the data migration will be covered by this vendor.

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Idiom of the week – Run out (of something)

Posted by englishlessons on October 11, 2012

Definition:

to have nothing remaining (of something)

Examples:

I couldn’t finish the test. I ran out of time.

I planned to bake a cake, but I ran out of flour, so I have to go to the store first.

Picture it:

Picture yourself trying to complete a task without the necessary ingredient/requirement.

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Idiom of the week – Kill time

Posted by englishlessons on October 3, 2012

Definition:

do something unimportant while you are waiting for something else to happen

Examples:

I’m not doing anything important. I’m just killing time while I wait.

While he waited in line, he surfed the web on his phone to kill time.

Picture it:

Killing time is not doing something useful or constructive with it.

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