Tagged: English Idioms

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

 

Someone to look up to

Hello,

How are you?malala_yousafzai

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

Hello there!

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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To make the most of

To make the most ofHello,

How are you today?

I recently went on a trip to France and had many problems in my travels. In the end I only had one day to spend in Paris.

However, I decided to make the most of it and see as much as I could.

Today we will look at the idiom to make the most of. It means to enjoy something as much as possible.

Let’s look at more examples:

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Can’t afford

MercedesHi everyone,

I would really like to buy a new car soon but I can’t afford a Mercedes.

Today we are going to look at the phrase to afford which means to have the financial ability to pay for (something). In this case it is negative which means to not have the financial means to pay for (something).

Let’s see some more examples:
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To lose one’s head

A+ headHi everyone,

Are you ready to look at an idiom today? An idiom is a group of words or phrase that has a meaning different from the meaning of each individual word.

For example

Don’t lose your head over one bad grade. Study hard and get an A next time!

It works very much like a phrasal verb. It is separable and a possessive adjective must come between “lose” and “head.”

Let’s look at some examples:

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