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200 Top English Phrasal Verbs

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Phrasal Verbs, Learn These!

200 Top English Phrasal Verbs

Here are 200 of the most common everyday English phrasal verbs that native speakers use all the time. Check how many you already know, then make a conscious effort to learn the rest.

If you only ever learn 200 English phrasal verbs, learn these!

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Phrasal Verbs, Learn These!

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200 Top English Idioms

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Idioms, Learn These!

200 Top English Idioms

Here are 200 of the most common everyday English idioms that native speakers use all the time. Check how many you already know, then make a conscious effort to learn the rest.

If you only ever learn 200 English idioms, learn these!

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Idioms, Learn These!

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Practice English Tenses - David Writes a Psalm

Practice English Tenses – David Writes a Psalm

Practice English Tenses – David Writes a Psalm

Learn English through Bible study! Practice using English tenses and conditionals with this free printable worksheet – including full answers!

a) Read the present simple sentence, then complete the gaps to change it into 17 other tenses / forms.
b) Choose the correct time word or phrase below, where necessary.

This worksheet is free and in the public domain, so please feel free to share it widely!

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Practice English Tenses – David Writes a Psalm

Answers:

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Practice English Tenses – David Writes a Psalm – Answers

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Practice Articles in English with the story of Noah

Practice Articles in English with the story of Noah

Practice Articles in English with the story of Noah from Genesis 6:13-22

Learn English and study the Bible with this free printable worksheet which focuses on using articles: a, an, the, and zero article!

This worksheet is free and in the public domain, so please feel free to share it widely!

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Practice Articles in English with the story of Noah

Answers:

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Grammar Facts! Verb + Gerund or Infinitive?

Grammar Facts! Verb + Gerund or Infinitive?

Grammar Facts! Verb + Gerund or Infinitive?

Confused about when to use a gerund (ing noun) or to + infinitive? Learn the following groups of verbs to be able to speak and write English with more confidence!

These verbs are followed by a gerund:

Grammar Facts! Verb + Gerund or Infinitive?


These verbs are followed by to + infinitive:

Grammar Facts! Verb + Gerund or Infinitive?



Grammar Facts! Verb + Gerund or Infinitive?


Download the FREE Big Grammar Book Intermediate Book 1 for some worksheets to practice using gerunds and infinitives (see pages 58-62).


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Talking about... Winter in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

Talking about… Winter in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

Talking about… Winter in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

Get your students speaking together and enable them to learn 40 new helpful vocabulary words about winter with this great FREE printable worksheet.

Tip: you could use this worksheet with any of the activities on this page.

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Talking about… Winter in an ESOL Vocabulary Class

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15 Top Business English Idioms

15 Top Business English Idioms

15 Top Business English Idioms

Are you up to speed with the latest business English idioms? Here are some of the top English idioms that you could use in a business context. How many of them do you know?

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1. To get something off the ground = To begin or launch something

To get something off the ground = To begin or launch something

  • I can’t wait to get this project off the ground!
  • I can’t wait to begin this project!

2. To get the ball rolling = To start, e.g. a meeting or debate

To get the ball rolling = To start, e.g. a meeting or debate

  • Let’s get the ball rolling.
  • Let’s start.

3. To think outside the box = To think in an original or left-field / lateral way

To think outside the box = To think in an original or left-field / lateral way

  • Try to think outside the box.
  • Try to think in an original or unique way.

4. In a nutshell = In short

In a nutshell = In short

  • In a nutshell, I just don’t feel that Martin is right for the position.
  • In short, I just don’t feel that Martin is right for the position.

5. ASAP = As soon as possible (acronym)

ASAP = As soon as possible (acronym)

  • I need that report ASAP!
  • I need that report as soon as possible.

6. To stand your ground = To have complete confidence in your position or idea

To stand your ground = To have complete confidence in your position or idea

  • If we stand our ground, they will sign the contract!
  • If we stick to our position, they will sign the contract!

7. The bottom line = The most important thing / the main priority

The bottom line = The most important thing / the main priority

  • ‘What’s the bottom line?’ ‘We must send the orders today!’
  • ‘What’s the most important thing?’ ‘We must send the orders today!’

8. The elephant in the room = The uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to acknowledge

The elephant in the room = The uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to acknowledge

  • The elephant in the room is that we know their sales forecasts!
  • The thing that nobody wants to mention is that we know their sales forecasts!

9. To corner the market = To become the leading seller of a product

To corner the market = To become the leading seller of a product

  • Since 2012 we have been able to corner the market in toothbrush holders.
  • Since 2012 we have been able to become the leading seller of toothbrush holders.

10. To climb the corporate ladder = To be focused on gaining promotion within a company

To climb the corporate ladder = To be focused on gaining promotion within a company

  • John only cares about climbing the corporate ladder.
  • John only cares about trying to get promoted.

11. To hit the glass ceiling = To reach an artificial  limit of promotion, usually due to race, or gender

To hit the glass ceiling = To reach an artificial limit of promotion, usually due to race, or gender

  • Alison feels she has hit the glass ceiling at work.
  • Alison feels she can’t be promoted at work any further, because she is a woman.

12. To be in the red = To be in debt / To be in the black = To be in profit or solvent

To be in the red = To be in debt / To be in the black = To be in profit or solvent

  • No, the company is still in the red, but it could be in the black next month.
  • No, the company is still in debt, but it could be in profit next month.

13. To get the sack = To lose your job

To get the sack = To lose your job

  • Billy got the sack yesterday.
  • Billy lost his job yesterday.

14. To throw in the towel = To quit

To throw in the towel = To quit

  • I’m just about ready to throw in the towel!
  • I’m just about ready to quit!

15. To go / get back to the drawing board = To start again

To go / get back to the drawing board = To start again

  • OK, let’s go back to the drawing board.
  • OK, let’s start again.

 

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Reading Comprehension – How Much Money Do They Have?

Reading Comprehension – How Much Money Do They Have?

Reading Comprehension – How Much Money Do They Have?

Use only the following information to find the answers:

Tim has £3.47.
He gives £2 to
John, who already had £10.75.
Tim’s sister,
Clare, takes £20 out of the bank and gives half to Lisa.
Lisa spends £4.99 on a t-shirt and gives the rest back to Clare, who then lends £2.50
to
Jalal.
Jalal owes a pound to
his brother, so he gives him three quarters of that.
John gives £5.58 to
Keith, who needs it because he owes a fiver to Kathy.
She puts it with the 68p that she already has in her pocket, then withdraws £60 from
a cashpoint and gives a quarter of that to
Laurie, who spends a third and shares the
rest equally between her cousins, Jalal and
Ruby.

How much money does each person have now?

1. Tim has ________________________________________
2. John has ________________________________________
3. Clare has ________________________________________
4. Lisa has ________________________________________
5. Jalal has ________________________________________
6. Jalal’s brother has ________________________________________
7. Keith has ________________________________________
8. Kathy has ________________________________________
9. Laurie has ________________________________________
10. Ruby has ________________________________________

Answers:

1. Tim has £1.47. 2. John has £7.17. 3. Clare has £12.51. 4. Lisa doesn’t have any
money. 5. Jalal has £6.75. 6. Jalal’s brother has 75p. 7. Keith has 58p. 8. Kathy has
£50.68. 9. Laurie doesn’t have any money. 10. Ruby has £5.

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