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English Idioms Part 6: Food

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English Idioms Part 4: Colours

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English Idioms Part 3: Music

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Audio-Glow-Music-Visualizer-Various-themes-and-customisations-5Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 3, we will look at some music idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in example sentences. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.

 Step 1: Learn

And all that jazz - This idioms means everything related or similar is included

Blow your own trumpet – Boasting about your achievements and success

Change your tune – when someone suddenly changes their mind or thoughts

Face the music – when you have to accept some negative consequences

Music to my ears – when something said is exactly what you want to hear

Step 2: Practice with examples

  • When I worked as a banker, I had to learn about different types of accounts, exchange rates and all that jazz.
  • I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but, I always come first in the athletics competition.
  • It sounds to me like you have changed your tune. Yesterday you weren’t interested in coming with me.
  • I really need to go to the shop but it is raining. I need to go outside and face the music.
  • Yes I am very happy to buy your car for $4,000. That price is like music to my ears!

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English Idioms Part 2: Around

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shutterstock_22298755The following idioms and expressions use the preposition ‘around’. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with ‘around’. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with our quiz at the end of the blog.

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Around the bend – crazy

Tom’s going round the bend with all the new responsibilities.
She’s a little around the bend if you ask me!

 

Clown around – joke, play games and have fun

Stop clowning around and get to work!
Let’s take a break and clown around a bit.

 

Mess around with someone or something – treat poorly

I think Tony is messing around with you.
Stop messing around with that expensive vase
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Kick around – consider

Let’s kick around the new proposals.
Do you have any ideas we can kick around?

 

Stick around – stay

Could you stick around after the show so we can talk?
I think I’ll stick around here for a while.



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TOEIC: English Gerund Part 4

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shutterstock_13659481This is part 4 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2 or click here to read part 3.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

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Phrasal verbs and gerunds

Gerunds are used with phrasal verbs that end in prepositions. Phrasal verbs are verb phrases which are made up of two or more words, generally the verb plus one or two prepositions. Not all phrasal verbs combine with other verbs. Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs that do combine with other verbs in the gerund form:

bring about   –   call off   –   check into   –   cut out      -   figure out

get over   –   look into   –   put off   –   take over

Examples:

The coach called off practicing for the day.
Laura looked into finding a new job.
She took a long time to get over losing her dog.



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TOEIC: English Gerund Part 3

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shutterstock_23909317This is part 3 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

Adjective Combinations and Gerunds

Gerunds also follow common adjective + preposition combinations. Remember that prepositions are always followed by the gerund form. In other words, any adjective + preposition form you learn will always be followed by the gerund if used in combination with a verb. Here are some of the most common adjective + preposition combinations:

 

interested in   –   guilty of   –   proud of   –   bored with

known for   –   scared of   –   tired of   –   worried about

Examples:

She’s interested in taking French lessons.
The man was found guilty of committing the crime.
Tom is proud of donating his free time to the charity.



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We have the following colours to choose from

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Colours /Colores:

black = negro

white = blanco

blue = azul

red = rojo

green = verde

brown = marrón

orange = naranja

pink = rosa

purple = púrpura

yellow = amarillo

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Janet: Hi guys, thank you for coming. I need to tell management the colours of the new car we are announcing next week, and I only have one day left to confirm. Now, Peter, which colours do we already have in our range?

Peter: Yes, first, we have red, blue, green, white and black already. However we can have a few new colours for people to choose from.

Linda: Yellow and pink for example may be colours that customers will not want.

Janet: Good. I agree, I think pink is bad. I would not like to drive a car that was pink. The fact is that yellow and gold together are the eighth most popular colours of car in the world this year.

Linda: Interesting. So, we have the following colours to choose from: silver, grey, brown and green, yellow and pink.

Peter: Green might be good for people in spring and who like the environment. I think that grey and silver are the same.

Janet: The new car is big. With a large car, a darker colour is better, like brown.

Linda: Our company doesn’t use darker colours, there is no way that management would like that.

Peter: Yes, the thing is, we need to stay with the brand image.

Janet: OK, so no dark colours. Grey and brown are out.

Linda: I think yellow is a good colour to use, if it is popular in the world. Also silver is very popular too – and it is pleasing to the eye.

Janet: Thank you very much with your help, I think now I have more information to help me choose!

True or false / Verdadero o falso:



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TOEIC: English Gerund Part 2

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shutterstock_59706091This is part 2 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

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Verbs and Gerunds

There are many verbs that are always followed by the gerund form. Here are some of the most important:

deny   –   discuss   –   postpone   –   advise   –   regret

consider   –   avoid   –   suggest   –   recommend

Examples:

He avoided paying late fees on the account.

She denied knowing anything about the crime.

I postponed making a decision until Monday.

She regrets not studying French in college.

NOTE: Notice that the negative gerund form is ‘not + verb + ing’.



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