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Archive for June, 2013

Idiom of the week – Rope someone into something

Posted by englishlessons on June 24, 2013

Definition:

persuade someone to get involved in some activity

Examples:

I didn’t want to go the the dance, but my friend roped me into it.

He didn’t want to participate, but she roped him into it.

Picture it:

Picture a cowboy using a lasso to rope a calf.

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Common Writing Mistakes for English Language Learners

Posted by englishlessons on June 21, 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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Mistake Correction
  1. The client insisted in reviewing the prototype.

  1. The client insisted on reviewing the prototype.

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Idiom of the week – Face time

Posted by englishlessons on June 17, 2013

Definition:

direct personal interaction between 2 people at the same time and in the same physical location

Examples:

I need to get face time with the CEO this week to discuss my project.

She’s very busy, so I’m having trouble scheduling face time with her.

Picture it:

Picture yourself talking with someone in person rather than on the phone.

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Idiom of the week – Sticker shock

Posted by englishlessons on June 10, 2013

Definition:

unpleasant surprise on learning that something is much more expensive than expected

Examples:

We thought this was an affordable repair shop, but we had sticker stock when we got the bill.

She had heard good things about the new car, but she had sticker shock when she saw the price for the first time.

Picture it:

Think of feeling shock or surprise when seeing an unexpectedly high price on a price sticker.

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Idiom of the week- Put your finger on something

Posted by englishlessons on June 3, 2013

Definition:

to know or be able to explain exactly what is wrong, different, or unusual about a situation; to locate

Examples:

Something’s wrong here, but I can’t put my finger on it yet.

I have the information here somewhere, but I haven’t been able to put my finger on it.

Picture it:

If you can put your finger on something, you can identify and locate it.

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