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Archive for February, 2014

Idiom of the week – Connect the dots

Posted by englishlessons on February 25, 2014

Definition:

understand something based on multiple pieces of evidence

Examples:

At first she didn’t understand why he switched his position, but after she thought about it, she was able to connect the dots.

It took him some time to connect the dots, but he eventually understood the reasons behind the change.


Picture it:

Picture one of the children’s puzzles where you draw lines to connect the dots, and a picture becomes clear.

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Idiom of the week – Cut it/that out

Posted by englishlessons on February 17, 2014

Definition:

stop doing something that is annoying

Examples:

He kept whistling a tune while she was trying to work, so she asked him to cut it out.

The children were arguing, and the teacher told them to cut that out.

Picture it:

Picture taking a pair of scissors to a piece of paper and cutting out or eliminating one section.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “cut it out” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English.

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Common Writing Mistakes for English Language Learners

Posted by englishlessons on February 11, 2014

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 new business is very successful and takes on a life of its own.

  1. The new business is very successful and has taken on a life of its own.

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Idiom of the week – Black out

Posted by englishlessons on February 10, 2014

Definition:

lose consciousness due to decreased blood flow to the brain

Examples:

Pulling out of a dive, the airplane test pilot almost blacked out due to the high acceleration.

Severe dehydration can cause people to black out.

Picture it:

Picture yourself in darkness, which is what occurs when you lose consciousness.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “black out” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English.

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Idiom of the week – Pile up

Posted by englishlessons on February 3, 2014

Definition:

accumulate

Examples:

Problems with this project have been piling up since the office manager resigned.

Messages piled up in her email account while she was on vacation.

Picture it:

Picture papers piling up on a desk.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “pile up” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English.

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