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Idiom of the week – Spell it out

Posted by englishlessons on July 17, 2015

explain something clearly; explain something in detail*

*this phrasal verb can also mean literally spelling out a message with letters

Examples:

I’m not exactly sure what you want me to do here; I need you to spell it out for me.

She didn’t get my hint, so I had to spell it out for her.

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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 – Under the table

Posted by englishlessons on November 12, 2012

Definition:

secretly and illegally

Examples:

That company paid their employees under the table, so they did not have to pay taxes.

He gave him a bribe under the table.

Picture it:

Picture someone handing another person money under the table so the other people at the table can’t see the exchange.

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Phrasal verbs versus compound nouns podcast

Posted by englishlessons on July 27, 2006

Kathy L. Hans has taught English as a Foreign Language/English as a Second Language for over twenty years. She has trained teachers throughout California for the State Department of Education and authored “Teaching Pronunciation in Context,” a training module with video for teachers.

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This podcast describes the difference between phrasal verbs and compound nouns. Listen to this podcast after listening to the separate phrasal verbs and compound nouns podcasts linked below in previous posts.

Phrasal verbs versus compound nouns podcast

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Phrasal verbs podcast

Posted by englishlessons on June 30, 2006

Learn about the stress patterns in phrasal verbs to improve your pronunciation.

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Phrasal verbs podcast

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Compound nouns podcast

Posted by englishlessons on June 23, 2006

Compound nouns have a unique pronunciation pattern in English. Kathy L. Hans teaches you how to identify and pronounce compound nouns.

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Compound nouns podcast

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