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Idioms – M

Make the most of To make the most of something is to use it to the best advantage. He made the most of his foreign holiday by visiting as many places as he could. Make...

Difference between persons and people

The words persons and people are the plural forms of the noun person. They are not used in exactly the same way. People is by far the more common of these two expressions and...

Idioms – P

Pace yourself To pace yourself is to do something at a controlled and steady rate. Keep pace with To keep pace with someone is to progress at the same speed as them. Put someone...

Idioms – O

Here is a list of idiomatic expressions formed around words beginning with O. Sow your wild oats To sow your wild oats is to have too many casual sexual relationships when you were young....

Idioms – N

A nail in the coffin An expression used to refer to an action or event likely to cause something to come to an end or fail. Call someone names To call someone names is...

Vocabulary exercise 17

Complete the following sentences using the appropriate form of the word given in the brackets. 1. The burn needs an ………………… of the ointment twice a day. (apply) 2. What is your ………………….. of...

Vocabulary exercise 16

Complete the following sentences using the appropriate form of the word given in the brackets. 1. As Diwali drew near, the children were filled with ………………… (anticipate) 2. Those vases in the museum are...

Anyway and anyways

Anyway means anyhow and nevertheless. The weather was uncertain but we went hiking anyway. Anyway can also mean ‘in any case’ or ‘at any rate’. It is too hot to go running anyway. Anyway...

Vocabulary exercise

Complete the following sentences using the appropriate form of the word given in the brackets. 1. Reading is my favourite …………………. (amuse) 2. Charades is an ………………… game. (amuse) 3. A chess player must...

Allusion and illusion

These words are often confused. An allusion is a reference or mention. This book on Indian history makes a brief allusion to the Mesopotamian Civilization. The teacher made an allusion to Indian mythology. An...