Finders keepers (losers weepers)
finders keepers (losers weepers) it is said “by a child who has found an object to the child who has lost it, to show that they intend to keep it” (ES: el que fue a Sevilla perdió su silla)
1. Some people say that Tsiolkovsky invented the space rocket (CREDITED)
2. I daren’t turn on the TV because the baby might wake up (FEAR)
3. Some people would do anything to lose weight (LENGHTS)
4. The river Volta overflowed last year (BURST)
5. He doesn’t appreciate his wife (GRANTED)
6. William decide that an actor’s life was not for him (CUT)
7. The President arranged for me to use his chauffer-driven car whenever I liked (DISPOSAL)
8. My cat has lost its appetite (OFF)
9. The children made every effort to please their father (BEST)
10. His behaviour was rather a shock to me (ABACK)
Tsiolkovsky is credited as inventor of the space rocket
Tsiolkovsky is credited with having invented the space rocket
I daren’t turn on the TV for fear waking the baby up/waking up the baby
I daren’t turn on the TV for fear that the baby wakes up
Some people would go to any lenghts to lose weight (hacer todo lo posible)
The river Volta burst its banks last year
He takes his wife for granted
(take sth for granted == dar algo por sentado)
(take sb for granted == no apreciar a esa persona)
William decided that he wasn’t cut out to be an actor (estar hecho)
William decided that he wasn’t cut out for being an actor
The President put his chauffer-driven car at my disposal
My cat has got off the food
(go off sth/ go off sb == te deja de gustar) Example: Mary has gone off Peter.
The children did their best to pleasure their father
His behaviour took me aback (take sb aback == sorprender)
I was taken aback by his behaviour
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As you enjoy the book’s 250 pages and over 150 colour photographs, you will have the (4) of knowing that part of your purchase money is being used to (5) animals (6) from the comfort of your armchair, you will be able to observe the world’s animals close-up and explore their habitats. You will also discover the terrible results of human (7) for land, flesh and skins.
Animal Watch is packed with fascinating facts. Did you know that polar bears cover their black noses (8) their (9) so they can hunt their prey in the snow without being seen, for example? Or that (10) each orangutan which is captured, one has to die?
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1) B (involve)
2) D (faces)
3) A (edge)
4) A (satisfaction)
5) B (help)
6) D (survive)
7) A (greed)
8) A (with)
9) C (paws)
10) C (for)
11) C (publication)
12) B (impressed)
13) B (title)
14) D (introductory)
15) B (stocks)
Each sentence in the first group uses the same phrasal verb as a sentence in the second group. Find the pairs of sentences by putting the following verbs into the sentences.
1. There’s a hole in the floor. Mind you don’t it.
2. Whenever there is a period without rain, all the lakes .
3. They said that the blue cheese was very tasty, but the smell me .
4. They quarrel almost every day, but they always kiss and afterwards.
5. I’ve had some bad luck, but things are beginning to , I’m glad to say.
6. Once you have started something, you ought to it to the end.
7. Hold the handlebars with both hands or you might .
8. This coat I bought is too small for me. Do you think I should it to the shop?
9. Have you seen Roger lately? Yes, I happened to him in Oxford last Week.
10. Janet’s children are very intelligent. When you explain something to them, they seem very quickly.
a) If you don’t know the meaning of a word, you can always it the dictionary.
b) Is that a true story, or did you just it ?
c) Sword swallowing is very popular in Rumania, they tell me. Do you think it would ever in this country?
d) Actors hate it when they forget their words and simply .
e) It is dangerous to let children busy roads.
f) He tried to deceive her with his talk about marriage, but she was able to him very easily.
g) His plans to go to Australia after he became seriously ill.
h) I said that Julie was a lazy good-for-nothing, but I was wrong. I everything I said about her.
i) We used to get a lot of people at our meetings, but attendance has started to lately.
j) The meeting that was due to take place today has been until next week.
1) fall through
2) dry up
3) put off
4) make up
5) look up
6) see through
7) fall off
8) take back
9) run across
10) catch on
a) look up
b) make up
c) catch on
d) dry up
e) run across
f) see through
g) fall through
j) put off
i) fall off
h) take back
Choose the right answer:
1. Both, Sheila and Tom, came ‘flu, so we had to put off the holidays.
2. A is a gossip who wants to know everything that happens to you.
4. She fainted but came after a while
Put off: Delay until later (ES: posponer)
Gossip: Informal talk (ES: chisme, cotilla)
Wet Blanket: person who ruins others’ fun (ES: aguafiestas)
Nosy Parker: (ES: entrometido)
Faint: lose consciousness (ES: desmayarse)
Fill in the missing words in the sentences below. Choose from the following:
Get off with sth: Lenient punishment (ES: zafarse)
Gossip: Informal talk (ES: chisme)
Catch up: Compensate for time lost (ES: ponerse al día)
(01) At all costs: It must be done or avoided whatever happens, at any cost.
A toda costa
02. at fault (It is difficult to know who is to blame)
(03) At the crack of dawn: Very early
04. at most (The worst or most severe punishment will be a small fine)
(05) At loose ends: when you have nothing to do.
No tener nada que hacer
06. at death’s door (Seriously ill; about to die)
07. at wits’ end (She was in such a state of anxiety that she didn’t know what to do)
08. at a loss (Unable to explain the sudden fall in share prices)
09. at fist sight (It was love from the first moment they saw each other)
10. at a standstill (The traffic was not moving)
11. at sixes and sevens (Everything is very confused and muddled)
12. at least (If nothing else)
(13) At a pinch: If necessary. (Four if necessary, but with some difficulty)
En caso de necesidad, si no hay más remedio
14. at all hours (She is out all the time)
(15) At best: Taking the most optimistic view ($350 would be the best price the person could get)
En el mejor de los casos
16. at once (Immediately)
17. at loggerheads (They are always quarrelling)
18. at will (It can change the colour of its skin whenever it wants to)
19. at (such) short notice (With such little advance warning)
20. at random (Without choosing carefully or deliberately)
At a loss: Estar perdido (situación)
At a standstill: estar en un atasco
At all hours: A todas horas
At death’s door: Con un pie en la tumba
At fault: Tener la culpa
At first sight: A primera vista
At least: Al menos
At loggerheads: Discutir todo el día
At most: Como mucho
At once: En seguida
At one’s wits’ end : Estar muy nervioso
At random: Al azar
At short notice: Avisar con poco tiempo
At sixes and sevens: Patas arriba
At the crack of dawn: Muy pronto, muy de madrugada
At will: Por propia voluntad