Category: Phrasal Verbs

English idioms: To hit the nail on the head

arg-hammer-chasing-nail-animbg-320x200-urlHello there,

How are you?

Today you are going to learn the English idiom to hit the nail on the head.

 

It means to do or say something exactly right.

For example:

encouraging teacher

Mark got an A on his First Certificate Exam and his teacher said:

Well done Mark! You hit the nail on the head.

Yes, Mark really nailed it on the exam, and I know you will do so too.

And if I tell you that “you nailed it“, it means that you completed a task successfully or got something right.

Keep on getting ready for the First!

Best,

Vic

 

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Someone to look up to

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Do you remember Malala Yousafzai?

She is the Pakistani school girl, and education activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban last year, because she was not afraid to speak up! Malala speaks up to defend girls’ rights to education in Pakistan, as well as, children’s education worldwide.

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To use (something) up

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How are you today?

Are you green?  Do you worry about the environment and try to take better care of our natural resources?

We believe that we should all start taking better care of our planet and be careful not to use all our natural resources up

Today you are going to learn about the phrasal verb to use something up.

To use something up means to use all of what you have or your supply, of something.

It is a separable phrasal verb and let me give you an example:

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Let’s stand by the world…

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How are you today?

To stand by is a phrasal verb

You can stand by someone which means to be loyal to someone who is in a difficult situation.

You can also stand by something and this means to continue to have a particular belief or opinion regardless of what other people may think.

So, how about if we all stand by the world and the belief that there can be peace all over…

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To pay back

Pay it forwardHello all,

Have you seen this film, Pay it Forward?

It is a very nice but sad film with a very beautiful moral behind the story. It is about a boy that has an idea on how to make the world a better place:

People need to pay favours forward instead of paying them back.

That does sound like a great idea, doesn’t it?

The phrasal verb you are going to learn today is to pay someone/something back and  it means to return something usually talking about money you owe.

The phrasal verb you are going to learn today is to pay someone/something back and  it means to return something usually talking about money you owe.

Let’s look at an example:

Let’s look at an example:

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To keep up or to keep on

To Keep upHello,

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She is a good and encouraging teacher and every time one of her students gets a good mark, she says:

Keep up the good work!!!

Today we are going to learn about the phrasal verb to keep up which means to continue doing something at the same rate, speed or way.

But, what about the phrasal verb to keep on?

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To ran out

To ran outHello all,

How are you?

Last weekend I wanted to take a trip with my friends. We got in my car and headed to a cabin. Everything was great until I ran out of gas! We had to walk to a gas station and everyone was tired and angry. We finally made it to the cabin but the weekend was off to a bad start.

Today we are going to look at the phrasal verb to run out. It means something has come to an end or has expired.

To run out is an inseparable phrasal verb. You run out of something.

Let’s look at some examples:

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