By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a worthwhile complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as very important, they're going to see it as a competent advisor to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, finally, should 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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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. It happened on Friday night. What happened to you yesterday? html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:04 PM] Document Page 14 When followed by an infinitive phrase it means by chance. He happened to be at the same party.
You want to go at this late hour? Out of the question, young man! I'm afraid a vacation in Florida is out of the question this year. 85 To Pass Away This is a synonym for to die and is used to speak about someone's death more delicately. Her grandfather passed away last month. I was shocked to hear that your sister had passed away. 86 To Pay a Call On/To Pay Someone a Call These expressions mean that someone is visiting someone else. I was in the neighborhood so I paid a call on the Smiths. He often paid us a call without first phoning.
Html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:05 PM] Document The young girl was looking forward to the big dance. I'll be looking forward to seeing you again. html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:05 PM] Document Page 17 74 Look Out! This idiom can stand alone as a brief sentence of warning to be careful. Look out! There's a bus coming! Look out! Don't fall! 75 To Lose One's Temper Use this expression when you want to say that someone is becoming angry. It suggests that the person's anger has developed suddenly. I hate it when Mom loses her temper and punishes us.
American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun (ESL Series) by Edward Swick