By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this e-book a worthy complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as very important, theyll see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in any case, may still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make experience out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to choose? those and dozens extra words are defined, «translated» into extra formal English, and repeated in a variety of contexts.
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I didn't want to fall in love with Mary, but she's so wonderful. My grandparents have been in love for fifty years. 43 In the Family Way This phrase is used in the place of pregnant or expecting a baby. It can refer to the mother-to-be or to the couple. Anna is in the family way again. This is her fourth. They're so happy. They're finally in the family way. 44 To Be Fed up With This unusual combination of words says that someone is completely annoyed with someone or something. I quit! I'm fed up with this job.
Html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:02 PM] Document Bill came late to work again and was fired. The boss threatened to fire her because of her inefficiency. html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:02 PM] Document Page 11 47 Fishy This little word gives the idea that information smells bad and that it is probably false information. The facts in his report were rather fishy to everyone in class. 48 Fit As a Fiddle This phrase means that someone is in good health or in good physical condition. She was in the hospital for two weeks, but now she's fit as a fiddle.
He guessed right. The book was hidden in a drawer. But this verb is also used in place of to think or to believe or to suppose. Do you want to go shopping? I guess so. I guess Maria won't be going to school today. She's still sick. 59 To Lend a Hand This idiom is a synonym for to help or to aid. You seem busy. Can I lend a hand? Jane was always willing to lend her teachers a hand. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:04 PM] Document 60 To Happen (To Know/To Be/To Do) The verb to happen means to occur.
American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun by Edward Swick