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August 30, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To hand out something (or hand something out) is to give something to each person in a group of people. Give out is similar to hand out. Examples of use: 1. He handed the toys out to the children. 2. The teacher handed the homework sheets out to the students. 3. Emergency food parcels were […]

August 27, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

  Here are some useful idiomatic expressions for expressing happiness. over the moon To be over the moon about something is to be very happy about something: so happy and excited that you imagine you could jump or fly over the moon! Examples of use: 1. I passed all my exams – I’m over the […]

August 26, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To try on something (or try something on) is to put an item of clothing on to find out whether it fits you or whether you like it, especially before buying it. Examples of use: 1. I like these shoes. I think I’ll try them on. 2. I hate trying on new clothes. 3. This […]

August 23, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To zonk out is to fall asleep very quickly, or to pass out* because of exhaustion, alcohol or drugs. *pass out – become unconscious Informal English / slang.   Examples of use: 1. After a long walk on the beach, the dog zonked out in his bed. 2. The children ran around in the garden […]

August 22, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To zone out is to stop thinking about anything, or to stop being interested in what is happening around you, especially because you are tired or bored.  North American slang.   Examples of use: 1. The party was so boring that she sat in a chair and zoned out. 2. I’m sorry, what did you […]

August 18, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. When you believe in something or somebody you are sure that something or somebody exists. (Never  used in continuous tenses) Examples of use: a) Do you believe in God? b) I didn’t believe in ghosts until I stayed in an old castle in Bavaria: now I’m certain they exist. c) My children still believe […]

August 17, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

If a city or other place is cosmopolitan (adjective), people from many different cultures and countries live there. Examples: 1. London is a cosmopolitan city. 2. Paris is a very cosmopolitan place to live and work. 3. Because of immigration, many cities across the world are now very cosmopolitan. If a person is cosmopolitan (adjective), […]