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Archive for February, 2013

Idiom of the week – Get/be carried away

Posted by englishlessons on February 25, 2013

Definition:

be overcome by emotion or enthusiasm and take things too far

Examples:

She originally went shopping for just one pair of jeans, but she got carried away and purchased ten new outfits.

He started exercising to lose weight, but he got carried away, and he injured himself.

Picture it:

Picture being lifted up and moved by something very strong

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Common Writing Mistakes for ELL (English Language Learners)

Posted by englishlessons on February 20, 2013

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

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Writing in English – Intermediate+ has interactive, scored practices with immediate feedback to help you correct common mistakes.

Mistake Correction
  1. I will be in __ U.S. next week on a business trip.

  1. I will be in the U.S. next week on a business trip.

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Idiom of the week – Take the wraps off (something)

Posted by englishlessons on February 18, 2013

Definition:

reveal a new product or plan that was previously kept secret

Examples:

That gaming company took the wraps off their latest product today.

At the press conference, the city will take the wraps off the design for the new concert hall.

Picture it:

Picture an excited child taking the wrapping paper off of a gift to reveal it.

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Idiom of the week – Knee-jerk reaction

Posted by englishlessons on February 11, 2013

Definition:

an immediate reaction made without examining causes or facts

Examples:

She said no without thinking; it was a knee-jerk reaction.

We want to avoid a knee-jerk reaction here, so we’ll ask them to think it over and get back to us later.

Picture it:

Picture what happens when a doctor taps your knee during a physical exam. The tap causes your leg to react immediately with a small kick. It is an automatic reflex.

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Idiom of the week – Take it in stride/Take something in stride

Posted by englishlessons on February 4, 2013

Definition:

accept or manage difficulties well

Examples:

When her manager suddenly changed her job responsibilities, she took it in stride.

He can adjust quickly. Whenever there’s a software update, he takes it in stride.

Picture it:

Picture yourself striding or walking along and not hesitating or stopping when there’s an obstacle in your path.

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