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Archive for December, 2014

Idiom of the week – Spin off something

Posted by englishlessons on December 31, 2014

Definition:

establish or produce something new from something that already exists

Examples:

The animation studio spun off a separate company to create children’s toys based on their movies.

That company spun off their printer business last year.

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Common Mistakes for English Language Learners

Posted by englishlessons on December 20, 2014

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 Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Writing In English - High Beginning+TOEFL Skill Builder

Writing in English – High Beginning+ has interactive, scored practices with immediate feedback to help you correct common mistakes. It also has a special interactive tool, the Common Errors List, that lets you save your mistakes as you move through the program.

According to one user, “The common errors list in Writing in English is a simple and effective way to keep errors/mistakes I made before on my radar screen and help me to get rid of those errors quickly.”

Mistake Correction
  1. I’ve gotten used to get up early.

  1. I’ve gotten used to getting up early.

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Idiom of the week – Gain a toehold

Posted by englishlessons on December 19, 2014

Definition:

establish an insignificant position from which further progress can be made

Examples:

The company hopes this new app will help them gain a toehold in the marketplace.

The new technology allowed them to gain a toehold in the expanding field of solar energy.

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Idiom of the week – Whittle something down

Posted by englishlessons on December 12, 2014

Definition:

cut or diminish something to a more appropriate size

Examples:

My manager asked me to whittle down the number of projects for next year because of budget constraints.

The bridal couple had trouble whittling down the list of guests for their wedding as they both came from very big families.

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Idiom of the week – Shrug off something

Posted by englishlessons on December 5, 2014

Definition:

ignore or minimize

Examples:

Some of his experiments resulted in failure, but he shrugged it off and kept on working.

The actress shrugged off the negative remarks of some movie critics and focused on her next role.

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Idiom of the week – Strange bedfellows

Posted by englishlessons on December 1, 2014

Definition:

an unusual or unexpected alliance

Examples:

I was surprised to see those two competitors working together on a new product; they seem like strange bedfellows.

The partnership between the small company, which is very nimble, and the large company, which moves quite slowly, was a surprise; they are strange bedfellows.

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