Raw Materials

Raw Materials – English Idioms

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Match an English idiom below with its literal translation. You can download the free printable worksheet and print it out:

1. ‘Only when the last tree has been cut  down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realise we cannot eat money.’ Cree Native American prophecy

2. To cost / charge the earth.

3. To make the most of something.

4. To promise the earth.

5. Waste not, want not.

6. To use something up.

7. Why on earth…?

8. To get back to nature.

9. Don’t be a litter bug!

10. To be a drop in the ocean.

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a) Do not waste resources because they may not be easily replaced.

b) To feel like your contribution makes little or no difference.

c) To start enjoying the outdoors again.

d) Why? (with emphasis)

e) To enjoy something now because it will not last for long.

f) Don’t drop litter!

g) We must take care of the environment.

h) To use a resource until nothing remains.

i) To agree to a lot, but probably not deliver.

j) To be very expensive.

Answers: 1. g) 2. j) 3. e 4. i) 5. a) 6. h) 7. d) 8. c) 9. f) 10. b)

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