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Here are some tables of the items of vocabulary (idioms, phrasal verbs and colloquial language). The vocabulary is everyday language familiar to all English-speaking people and useful to anybody planning to visit an English-speaking country or do business with English-speaking people. The tables list all the definitions of each item and include the phrasal verbs ‘to rate’, ‘to fancy’, ‘to pick on’, ‘to take in’… They are also accompanied by exercises.
e.g. James is rated very highly as a musician; however, as an actor, he leaves a little to be desired.
e.g. Everyone is raving about the new play on Broadway and it has sold out and had some fantastic reviews..
e.g. It is a hassle having to take the bus every morning, but the metro is not running due to industrial action.
e.g. I fancy chicken Caesar salad for dinner this evening..
e.g. Although he tries to hide it, it is obvious that Luke fancies Jamie a lot.
e.g. Fancy Luke turning out to be such a good snooker player! What a dark horse!
e.g. I haven’t eaten since breakfast and I could murder a shepherd’s pie!.
e.g. The other children used to pick on Alan at school but he got his own back in the end.
e.g. We have run out of sugar so I will have to go to the shop to get some more.
e.g. My metro ticket has run out so I will need to get a new one.
e.g. The lecturer was talking about sociolinguistics for an hour, but I barely took any of it in..
e.g. My parents were taken in by a con-man and so lost almost all of their life savings..
e.g. After Tony dumped her, Cara wasted no time in marrying the first man who came along.
e.g. “Come along now, hurry up!” the teacher said to the schoolchildren.
e.g. My brother came along with me the first time I went to Copenhagen on a work trip.
e.g. My Chinese is coming along quite well: I now know how to order a coffee and book a room in a hotel.
e.g. The book about the Second World War you gave me was very interesting, but I think it was a bit biased in favour of the Americans..
e.g. Our law firm has an environmental and ecological law bias.
e.g. It is funny that Michael has got on so well in the business world, while his brother David has never really had much luck.
e.g. It is a shame Victor is getting on a bit as he was still one of the best football players around as recently as five years ago.
e.g. I get on well with my neighbours now, but the ones before were a complete nightmare.
e.g. When my boss found out how much of the project I still had left to finish, he told me: “Get on with it!”.
e.g. As I was running late with the cooking, I put out some snacks for the dinner party guests to be getting on with.
e.g. I got on to the Inland Revenue in order to sort out the discrepancy with my tax return..
e.g. The outcome of the negotiations that took place last week is that the working week will be increased from 34 to 37 hours..
e.g. “Your behaviour recently has been completely uncalled-for. What on earth has got into you?”
e.g. The company was taken over by a multinational corporation last year and half of the employees were laid off.
e.g. I took over from Matilda when she was on maternity leave.
e.g. I wouldn’t rate that film; mind you, the soundtrack is outstanding!
e.g. I think my dad might have got a bit carried away in the kitchen over the weekend − it looks like he cooked enough food to feed an army!
e.g. Jeff stuck up for his brother Jim when the other children used to pick on him for having such big ears.
e.g. I am/feel a little under the weather today, so I am going to go home a little earlier than normal.
e.g. She is the most sought-after actress at the moment, and appeared in five of the seven most successful films last year..
e.g. Although as a young adult Dean has tried to re-invent himself as a cool guy, he is still constantly shown up by his mother, who still treats him like a little boy..
- Colloquial English Expressions and phrasal verbs – Part IV - 2 October, 2019
- Colloquial English Expressions and phrasal verbs – Part III - 13 August, 2019
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