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English Vocabulary Test 10 with Answers
English Vocabulary Test 10 with Answers
English Grammar Practice Test [Intermediate 4]
English Grammar Practice Test Intermediate 4

English Grammar Practice Test [Intermediate 4]

Author: Nadal
Category: English, Grammar Tests, Intermediate
Date: August 22, 2016
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IELTS Listening Practice Test 8 with Answers
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IELTS Listening Practice Test 8 with Answers

Author: Nadal
Category: English, IELTS, IELTS Litening Test
Date: July 27, 2016
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English Grammar Practice Test [Intermediate 2]
English Grammar Practice Test [Intermediate 2]
English Grammar Practice Test [Intermediate 2]

Author: Nadal
Category: English, Grammar Tests, Intermediate
Date: July 12, 2016
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English Vocabulary Test 8 with Answers
English Vocabulary Test 8 with Answers
English Grammar Quiz [Advanced 3]
ENGLISH GRAMMAR PRACTICE 3
English Grammar Practice Test: Rewrite Sentences 2
REWRITE SENTENCES 2

English Grammar Practice Test: Rewrite Sentences 2

Exercise 3: Rewrite each of the sentences, beginning as shown, so that the meaning stays the same

1. When did you first know him?

How……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ……………………….

2. Their trip lasted three day.

They had……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ………………….

3. It may rain hard this afternoon, so take the rain coat with you.

In case………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ……………………..

4. She had to do the washing up but she didn’t.

She forgot…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………..

5. English id easy to learn.

It………………………………………… ………………………………………….. …………………………..

6. Don’t leave the lights on all night, you will waste electricity.

If………………………………………… ………………………………………….. …………………………..

7. The furniture was too old to keep.

It was……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ……………………..

8. Gary is the best guitarist in her class.

No one else………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ……………..

9. Since the invention of computer, people have saved a lot of time.

Since the computer was……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. .

10. It’s necessary for everybody to clean up their neighborhood once a week.

Everybody………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………….

Exercise 4: Rewrite each of the sentences, beginning as shown, so that the meaning stays the same

1 It is necessary to finish the work today.

You need………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ………………………………

2. Sally finally managed to get the job.

Sally finally succeeded………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ………………….

3. This is the last time I go to this restaurant.

I certainly………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………………………..

4″ I advise you to take a holiday,” the doctor continued.

You’d……………………………………… ………………………………………….. …………………………………… ”

5. ” If you don’t rest yourself you really will be ill

Unless…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………………………

6. The doctor told him that he work too hard.

You……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ……………………………..

7. Those pictures are beautiful.

How……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………………………..

8. It was an interesting film.

What………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ……………………………………..

9. What is the weight of your suitcase?

How……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………………………..

10. How tall is Peter’s father?

What………………………………………. ………………………………………….. …………………………………..

Exercise 5: Finish the second sentence in such a way that it means exactly the same as the first one:

1. He can’t afford to buy the car.

The car……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………….

2. Shirley didn’t begin to read until she was eight.

It wasn’t…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………….

3. Mrs. Taylor regretted buying the second -hand washing-machine.

Mrs. Taylor wished…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ………

4. Nobody can deny that she has a beautiful voice.

It………………………………………… ………………………………………….. ………………………….

5. Jane is the tallest girl in her class .

Nobody…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………………….

6. They couldn’t find the manager anywhere .

The manager was……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ………

7. Their teacher is making them study hard.

They………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ……………………….

8. As I get older, I want to travel less.

The older……………………………………… ………………………………………….. ………………..

9. I have never been to Liverpool in my life .

Never……………………………………… ………………………………………….. ……………………

10. My father speaks very little French.

My father speaks hardly…………………………………….. …………………………………………. .

ANSWERS:

Exercise 3

1. How long have you known him.
2. They had a three-day trip.
3. In case it rain hard this afternoon, take the rain coat with you.
4. She forgot doing the washing up.
5. It is easy to learn English.
6. If you leave the lights on all night, you will waste electricity.
7. It was such old furniture that we couldn’t keep it.
8. No one else in Gary’s class plays the guitar as well as her.
9. Since the computer was invented, people have saved a lot of time.
10. Everybody needs to clean up their neighborhood once a week.

Exercise 4

1. You need to finish the work today.
2. Sally finally succeeded in getting the job.
3. I certainly will never go to this restaurant.
4. “You’d better take a holiday ” the doctor said to him.
5. Unless you rest yourself you really will be ill.
6. “You work too hard” the doctor sai to him.
7. How beautiful those pictures are.
8. What an interesting film (it was)!
9. How heavy is your suitcase?
10. What is Peter’s father’s height?

Exercise 5

1. The car is too expensive for him to buy.
2. It wasn’t until Shirley was eight years that she began to read.
3. Mrs Taylor wished she hadn’t bought the second – hand washing – machine.
4. It can’t be denied that she has the beautiful voice.
5. Nobody in Jane’s class is as tall as her.
6. The manager was no where to be found.
7. They are being made to study hard.
8. The older I get, the less I want to travel.
9. Never have I been to Liverpool in my life.

Author: Nadal
Category: Beginner, English, Grammar, Grammar Tests, Intermediate
Date: April 5, 2016
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English Grammar Practice Test: Rewrite Sentences 1
REWRITE SENTENCES

English Grammar Practice Test: Rewrite Sentences 1

Exercise 1: Rewrite the following sentences that keep the same meaning.

1. You should take the train instead of the bus.

-> If………………………………………… ………………………………………….. ………………

2. I’m sure that someone forgot to lock the door.

–> Someone must………………………………………. ………………………………………….

3. They bought this house ten years ago.

–> They have………………………………………. ………………………………………….. …..

4. The course finished with a big party.

–> At the end……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ….

5. We invited a pop star onto the chat show, but he didn’t turn up.

–> The pop star………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ..

6. Although she said that she would come, I don’t think she ever will.

—> Despite……………………………………. ………………………………………….. ………..

7. The plane had hardly left the airport when the accident happened.

–> No sooner…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …….

8. You feel tired now because you didn’t sleep very well last night.

-> Had……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …………..

9. When did you start the project?

—> How long………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ….

10. Their wedding will be held in a lovely church.

–> The church…………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ……

Exercise 2: Rewrite the following sentences that keep the same meaning.

1. My father used to play football when he was young.

My father doesn’t……………………………………. ………………………………………….. .. ,

2. Jane gave me a present on my last birthday.

I was……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ……………..

3. “Let’s go swimming”.

She suggests…………………………………… ………………………………………….. …….

4. “Would you like a cup of coffee?”

He………………………………………… ………………………………………….. …………….

5. We got lost in the jungle because we didn’t have a map.

If we had……………………………………….. ………………………………………….. …….

6.1 last saw Bob when I was in Ho Chi Minh City.

I haven’t seen………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ..

7. It is a three-hour drive from Hanoi to Namdinh.

It takes……………………………………… ………………………………………….. …………

8. It’s a pity you didn’t tell us about this.

I wish………………………………………. ………………………………………….. ………….

9. They think the owner of the house is abroad.

The owner……………………………………… ………………………………………….. ……

10. The children couldn’t go swimming because the sea was very rough.

The sea was too……………………………………….. …………………………………………..

ANSWERS

Exercise 1

1. If I were you, I’d take the train instead of the bus.
2. Someone must have forgotten to lock the door.
3. They have had/ owned this house for ten years.
4. At the end of the course, there was a big party.
5. The pop star that/ who/ whom we invited onto the chatshow didn’t turn up.
6. Despite her saying that she would come, I don’t think she ever will.
7. No sooner had the plane left the airport than the accident happened.
8. Had you slept well last night, you wouldn’t feel tired now. 9.How long is it since you started the project ?
10. The church where their wedding will be held is lovely.

Exercise 2

1. My father doesn’t play football anymore.
2. I was given a present on my last birthday.
3. She suggests going swimming.
4. He invited me a cup of tea.
5. If we had had a map, I wouldn’t got lost in the jungle
6. I haven’t seen Bob since I was in Ho Chi Minh City.
7. It takes three hours to drive from Hanoi to Namdinh.
8. I wish you had told us about it.
9. The owner of the house is thought to be abroad.
10. The sea was too rough for the children to go swimming.

Author: Nadal
Category: Beginner, English, Grammar, Grammar Tests, Intermediate
Date: April 5, 2016
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45 Essential British Slang Words for English Learners
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45 Essential British Slang Words for English Learners

For people outside of the UK even the word ‘slang’, might be unusual, so to clarify, ‘slang’ refers to the casual use of words that have been newly created and are usually spoken only by select groups of people.

Slang in Britain flourishes, from North to South or East to West you’ll find an interesting mix of English and regional dialects, sometimes heavily influenced by international culture (heighted by internet culture).

You can easily find yourself puzzled by the quick retorts of youth, or the savvy lingo expressed by the professional and even by the old pensioners outdated observations.

Thankfully, we’ve devised a guide to popular slang, the following table reveals the meaning behind the words:

45 Essential British Slang Words for English Learners

No. Slang Words Explanation
1 Any road “Any road” is another way of saying ”anyway”. It is commonly used up North. Instead of saying anyway, they say “any road”!
2 All right This is technically a form of greeting. It is used a lot in London and the south to mean “Hello, how are you”. It is usually said as a question. Sometimes it gets expanded to “All right mate“? You would say it to someone you knew or a complete stranger. The normal response would be  to say “All right” back to speaker.
3 Ace  This is used a lot in Liverpool. If something is ace, it means it is awesome!
4 Anal When someone is being anal about something, he is choosing to be an asshole. He is choosing to be tight and strong minded like the anal sphincter. Therefore, you tell him: ”Don’t be anal”.
5 Ass This means your buttocks, your backside, but mostly a donkey!
6 Arse This word means the same as ass, but is much ruder. It is used in phrases like “pain in the arse” (a nuisance) or I “can’t be arsed” (I can’t be bothered) or you might hear someone say “a half arsed attempt” meaning that it was not done properly.
7 Aye It means yes. It is commonly used in Scotland. It was used in the film ”Brave Heart”
8 Bladdered When a Brit say you are Bladdered, they mean you are drunk.
9 Ballistic It is used in informal settings to describe anger and rage. E.g.  He went ballistic ( meaning he went mad)
10 Bloke Another word for male
11 Barmy If someone tells you that you’re barmy they mean you have gone mad or crazy. For example you’d have to be barmy to visit England without trying black pudding!
12 Beastly You would call something or somebody beastly if they were really nasty or unpleasant. Most people would consider you a snob  if you used this word. People like Fergie can get away with it though.
13 Blinding If something is a blinding success – it means it’s a great success!
14 Blinkered Someone who is blinkered is narrow minded or narrow sighted – they only see one view on a subject.
15 Bloody One of the most useful swear words in English. It is used for emphasis. E.g.  “bloody awful” or “bloody hell”. “bloody brilliant “. It is used to emphasize almost anything!
16 Bollocks This is a great English word with many excellent uses. Technically speaking it means testicles but is typically used to describe something that is no good (that’s bollocks) or that someone is talking rubbish (he’s talking bollocks).
17 Bugger all  If something costs bugger all, it means that it costs nothing. Meaning it is cheap. If you have bugger all, it means you have nothing.
18 Cheers This word is obviously used when drinking with friends. However, it also has other colloquial meanings. For example when saying goodbye you could say “cheers”, or “cheers then”. It also means thank you.
19 Chips French fries. it is basically a deep fried finger length potatoes eaten in the UK not to be confused with American potato chips-  these are known a crisps in the UK
20 Chat up To be flirtatious, that is, to speak to someone with the intent of eventually engaging in sexual intercourse with them. Generally conducted in a relaxed, playful and outstandingly obvious manner.
21 Cracking Another word for good. Usually said without pronouncing the last “G”. If a girl is cracking it means she is stunning.
22 Dear If something is dear it means it is expensive. E.g.   Don’t you think flights to Nigeria is are dear.
23 Dodgy Bad quality and untrustworthy. If someone or something is a bit dodgy, it is not to be trusted.
24 DIY It is Commonly used in Britain as a short for do it yourself.
25 Excuse me Technically, it is used when addressing a stranger, when interrupting or disagreeing with someone, or to request repetition of what has just been said.
26 Fancy Like or desire.  In America it means to like someone in a sexual way, to want to be with them,  to want to go out with them. In Britain, fancy means the same but it also means ‘want’ E.g.   Do you fancy a cake? Technically, fancy is used for both people and food. Geezer – old man
27 Grub Food. E.g.  I’m hungry, Let’s get some grub
28 Gutted This is a very common slang in Britain. It means to be sad or upset. E.g.  like when you fail your driving test!
29 Jolly Good Very good. E.g.  a Jolly good fellow
30 Daft Basically means stupid, insane, nuts, moronic, asinine
31 Knackered Tired or sleepy; exhausted. E.g.  I am feeling a bit knackered today.
32 Loaded This has nothing to do with loading a van. It simply means ‘rich‘. When a Brit says that guy is loaded, it means he is rich!
33 Loony Mad, crazy
34 On about This is a very handy one to know. It means what are you talking about?
35 One off A one off is used to describe a one-time event that is never to be repeated.
36 Piece of Cake When something is exceptionally easy. E.g.  He makes that dance look like a piece of cake
37 Pissed Another word for Drunk Posh – High class, sophisticated.
38 Puke Vomit Quid – A pound in English money.
39 Smashing If something is smashing, it means it is terrific.
40 Ta A slang word for Thank you.
41 Taking a Piss This has nothing to do with Urine. It basically means making fun of someone.
42 Twat A  word used to insult someone who has offended you. It means a person who is a stupid and lacks good sense of judgement. It is also a slang for female genitals.
43 Up for it To be available. When a Brit say they are up for it, it means you are willing to come along. E.g.  You up for going down the pub?” “Yeah mate, i’m up for it” Uni : short word for university
44 Wanker This is a derogatory term used to describe someone who is a bit of a jerk. It actually means someone who masturbates and also has a hand signal that can be done with one hand at people that cannot see you shouting “wanker” at them. This is particularly useful when driving.
45 Wind up This has a couple of meanings. If something you do is a “wind up” it means you are making fun of someone. However it you are “wound up” it means you are annoyed.

For more slang words, please visit Slang Dictionary from idiomsandslang.com
Author: Nadal
Category: Editor Picks, English, Speaking, Vocabulary
Date: April 2, 2016
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15 Essential English Idioms for Sounding Like a Native
15 english idioms

15 Essential English Idioms for Sounding Like a Native

An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. An idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms, and they occur frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language.

Here’s a run down on some of the most common English Idioms used by native teenagers and young adults. It will help you understand your friends better in daily situations such as hanging out with your friends in a Bar.

15 Essential English Idioms for ESL Students

No. Idioms Meaning Example
1 Up in the air
“(to be) up in the air” is and English Idiom meaning that something has not been resolved, finished or answered yet. It usually refers to a plan or a decision that has not been decided or being uncertain.
“I think I can do it quickly, but the exact schedule is still up in the air.”
2 Hit the books This idiom simply means to study, especially with particular intensity. It is used as a verb – hit the books. “They go to the beach when they should be hitting  the books and then they wonder why they get bad grades”
3 Hit the sack (to) hit the sack” generally means to go to bed. You can also say “hit the hay” which has the same meaning. “…A soldier gets tired feet and is eager to hit the sack.”

“Time to hit the hay”

4 Twist someone’s arm The idiom “twist someone’s arm” generally means to persuade someone to do something. If someone twisted your arm, it means that someone has done a great job of convincing you to do something you might not have wanted to do. “They had to twist his arm, but they got him to join the project”

“Uhm, you’ve twisted my arm. Ok John, I’ll go with you”

5 Stab someone in the back The saying “stab someone in the back” simply means to betray someone. It is used as a verb – stab someone in the back. “He was stabbed in the back by his friends.”
6 Lose touch The idiom “(to) lose touch” means to cease to be familiar with someone or something (e.g. some certain skills or talent). This also refers to the lost in the ability to communicate or have contact with others. To make it simple, if you lose your touch, you lose your ability or skills you once had when working with things/situations, or dealing/communicating with people. “Suddenly, friends found me again that I had lost touch with years ago”

“It looks like you’ve lost your touch with the girls in class”

7 Sit tight The saying “(to) sit tight” means to wait patiently or to remain quiet or relatively motionless. If somebody tells you to sit tight, they would like you to wait and take no action until they say otherwise. “I’ll be back in a few minutes, so sit tight while I go find her”
8 Pitch in The saying “pitch in” is an English idiom simply meaning to help out, to lend assistance; or to contribute. It is used as a verb – pitch in. “If we all pitch in, we can raise enough money for the renovation of the church”
9 Pull someone’s leg The saying “pull someone’s leg” means to tease someone, to lead someone on or to goad someone into overreacting. The term usually implies teasing or goading by jokingly lying. A brief translation of this saying could be to “fool or trick someone”. “I hadn’t pulled Ms Jane’s leg for any of that stuff, she had just handed it to me on a platter, and that wasn’t my fault”
10 Face the music The idiom “(to) face the music” means to accept or confront the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions. It is used as a verb – face the music. “He failed the exam as he was so lazy. So he’s going to have to face the music
11 On the ball The saying “(to be) on the ball” is typically used to reference someone that is alert, active, or attentive. A brief translation of this idiom would be “on top of things”.

If you say someone is “on the ball”, you mean that he or she understands the situation well.

“If I had been more on the ball I would have asked when he called me”
12 Rule of thumb The saying “rule of thumb” refers to a general guideline, rather than a strict rule. Thus “rule of thumb” is a common understanding which is based on experience or general knowledge. “The usual rule of thumb says that to calculate when an investment will double, divide 70 by the interest rate.”
13 Ring a bell This idiom is very simple. Particularly, the saying “ring a bell” means to seem at least vaguely familiar. It is used as a verb – ring a bell. “His face rings a bell. I wonder if I know him from somewhere.”
14 Under the weather The saying “(to be) under the weather” is generally used to reference someone that is somewhat ill or gloomy. So “feeling a bit under the weather” simply means feeling slightly ill. “I’m sorry, I feel a bit under the weather, I think I cannot join the party tonight”
15 Blow off steam The idiom “blow off steam” simply means to rant (talk loudly and in a way that shows anger) or shout in order to relieve stress. It is used as a verb – blowoff steam. “Don’t take it personally when he shouts like that. He’s just blowing off steam

Author: Nadal
Category: Editor Picks, English, Speaking, Vocabulary
Date: April 2, 2016
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