Opportunities are often described as moving things

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Opportunities are often described as moving things (objects, time, vehicles etc) we have the chance to obtain or join. Look at the following examples:   Seize the day! (Take advantage of the opportunity)   Don’t let the opportunity get away.   Just grab the chance while you can.   Take the offer before they change […]

Multi-Word Verb Exercise

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Multi-word verb exercise Match a verb from list A with a sentence from B that expresses the meaning of the verb. A Get across Hand over Put through Look through Ask out Chew over Let down Jot down Break off Let in Put off Make up Take in Pick out Move around   B I […]

Some not quite correct exam answers…

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  This is a compilation of authentic student GCSE answers. (GCSE is a British School exam for 16 year-olds.) It has been said that pedantry is the last refuge of the witless, and this certainly, or sadly, has been my experience. Finding mistakes amusing is a dangerous habit, in life as in teaching – it […]

Metaphors of Transport

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Metaphors of Transport Metaphors of transport can highlight challenging or good circumstances, often related to progress or direction. Here are ten examples: 1. I lost my train of thought (Train suggests connections and direction) 2. You could drive a coach and horses through his argument (His argument was so weak it provided easy opportunities for […]

Containers as metaphors

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Adele Goldberg has observed that metaphors of containers can suggest obligations and agreements. Here are some examples that fit her description. – Can you get out of doing the shopping? (Avoid an obligation/something you said you would do) – I can’t get out of it/there’s no way out. – I felt I was trapped into […]