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Archive for November, 2013

Idiom of the week – a Flash in the pan

Posted by englishlessons on November 15, 2013

Definition:

something that is very promising but proves disappointing

Examples:

We thought this technology was going to be very successful, but it was just a flash in the pan.

Proving they are not a flash in the pan, that social media company has become very profitable.

Picture it:

This idiom comes from gold panning where prospectors got a quick shimmer in the bottom of the pan, which turned out to be only a flake of gold and did not lead to a bigger deposit.

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Common Writing Mistakes for English Language Learners

Posted by englishlessons on November 6, 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. I have a new manager about two months ago.

  1. I got a new manager about two months ago./ I have had a new manager for two months.

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Idiom of the week – a Snowball effect

Posted by englishlessons on November 1, 2013

Definition:

A situation where something grows in size or importance at an increasing rate

Examples:

The criticism of his idea in the online forum continues to grow. There seems to be a snowball effect.

In a classic snowball effect, the game got more and more followers online as people started tweeting about it.

Picture it:

Picture a snowball increasing in size as it is rolled across snow-covered ground.

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