Archive for the ‘Expressions’ Category

Common expressions with go

July 14th, 2011 in Expressions, Words

Go is used before a number of adjectives to talk about changes. This is common in an informal style.
Go, for example, is used to talk about changes of color. This usage is common in British English.
Examples are: go brown, go green, go white, go black, go blue etc.

English Idioms

June 19th, 2011 in Expressions

Hang on to something

To hang on to something is to keep something.

Idioms derived from the names of animals

February 23rd, 2011 in Expressions

Take the bull by the horns (face a difficult situation boldly)

Why don’t you take the bull by the horns and dismiss him.

Idioms derived from the names of house hold objects – part 2

February 21st, 2011 in Expressions


Raise the roof (become very angry)

She raised the roof when she realized that she had been cheated.


No room to swing a cat (not enough space to live or work)

Conversational structures

December 30th, 2010 in Expressions

Avoidance of repetition

Auxiliary verbs are often used alone instead of full verbs. Study the following sentences.

X: Do you want it?
Y: Yes, I do. (= More natural than ‘Yes, I want it.’)

Phrasal verbs beginning with T

September 1st, 2010 in Expressions

A phrasal verb is a two-word verb consisting of a verb and a preposition or adverb particle. Phrasal verbs are very common in English. Since you cannot easily guess the meaning of a phrasal verb, they often cause problems for ESL students.

How to Talk About Changes

April 1st, 2010 in Expressions

The words become, get, go, come, grow and turn are all used to talk about changes. There are, nevertheless, a few differences between them.