martes, 27 de enero de 2015


1. I thought I was just going to interview the secretary, but they let me talk to the big cheese himself.
2. Please tell me the bread and butter of your report. Don’t go into details.
3. Rick wants to be rich but he doesn’t want to work. He wants to have his cake and eat it too.
4. He had the ball, but he dropped it! What a butterfingers!
5. I thought I was afraid of flying, but I was cool as a cucumber all the way to England.
6. We invited the cream of the crop to entertain us at the Christmas party.
7. You're going to have to really use your noodle on this crossword puzzle. It's very difficult!
8. I'm nuts about classical music these days.
9. Your daughter is one smart cookie. She reads much higher than her grade level
10. Don’t worry! This test is piece of cake. I finished it in twenty minutes.
11. Fred will never ask Lucy for a date. He is a chicken.
12. I don't know beans about computers - I've never even used one.
13. He never phoned his mother. He was a bad egg.
14. She should get out more, she's turning into a real couch potato.
15. When Harry lost his job, he was really in the soup.
16. I'm looking for a job. I need to do something to bring home the bacon.
17. This contract is small potatoes, but it keeps us in business till we get into the real money.
18. He'll go bananas if she sees the room in this state.

1. Look at the sentences above and match the expressions in bold with their meaning:
a cowardly person 
to earn money to live
 easy, simple
 a lazy individual,
 addicted to television-watching.
somebody who often drops things 

an important influential person
а person who cannot be trusted

 use your brain
something or someone insignificant 

like a lot
the essential part of

 to be in serious trouble
want more than you need 

the best
 to become very angry
to know nothing about something

 very relaxed
a very intelligent person


Match the sentences with a suitable idiom.
a. She didn’t like our English teacher. She was glad when he left the school.
b. She saw the boy stealing food at the supermarket but she pretended she hadn’t noticed him.
c. She is an irritating annoying person.
d. She felt very frightened during the flight.
e. She was listening attentively to her friend’s words.

1. She turned a blind EYE.
2. She’s a pain in the NECK.
3. She had her HEART in her MOUTH.
4. She said:” I’m all ears.”
5. She was happy to see the BACK of him

ANSWERS:    A) 5      B) 1       C) 2       D) 3         E) 4

Complete the sentences with idioms from
1. She’s got a sweet ____.She can’t resist chocolates.
2. Don’t criticize Pam. She takes everything  to____.
3. It’s a joke! He’s not being serious. He’s just pulling your ____.
4. Get it off your ____ and stop worrying about it!
5. I tried to talk with Helen but she just ignored me. She gave me the cold ____.
6. I can’t stand it when he lies to me! It makes my ____ boil!
7. John has started off on the wrong ____! He doesn’t get along with our new boss!
8. I can’t remember his name but it is on the tip of me _____
9. I had better change my car. I is on it last ______ now.
10. She never avoids criticizing us harshly. She has a sharp______


A simple rule to help you remember the difference between another and other is:
another + singular noun
other + plural noun
others (a pronoun to replace other + plural noun)
  • I need another cup. (cup is singular so we use another)
  • I need other cups. (cup is plural so we use other)
  • I need others. (refers to other cups)

When to use ANOTHER
Another means:
  • one more, an additional, an extra
  • a different one; an alternative one
Another is a determiner (and a qualifier) that goes before a singular countable noun or a pronoun.
Another + Singular Countable noun
Another can be followed by a singular countable noun.
  • He has bought another motorbike.
  • Would you like another cup of coffee?
  • Don’t worry about the rain. We can go another day.
  • I think you should paint it another color.
  • We are having another baby.
Another + One
Another can be placed before “one” when the meaning is clear from the text before it.
  • I have already eaten two sandwiches though now I want another one. (= an additional sandwich)
  • A: You can borrow more of these books if you like. B: Ok, I’ll take another one. (= another book, one more book)
Another as a pronoun
Sometimes another is used as a pronoun.
  • That piece of cake was tasty. I think I’ll have another. (another = one more piece of cake)
  • I don’t like this room. Let’s ask for another. (another = another room)
Note: you can also say: “I think I’ll have another one.” and “Let’s ask for another one.”
Another + number + plural noun
Another can be used before a plural noun when there is a number before that noun or before phrases such as a couple of, a few etc.
  • In another 20 years my laptop is going to be obsolete.
  • I like this city so much that I’m going to spend another three days here.
  • We need another three teachers before classes begin.
  • He was given another couple of months to finish the sculpture.
Remember another is ONE word not two words (an other is incorrect)

When to use OTHER
Other is a determiner that goes before plural countable nouns, uncountable nouns or a pronoun.
Other + Plural Countable Noun
Other can be followed by a plural countable noun.
  • We have other styles if you are interested.
  • Have you got any other dresses, or are these the only ones?
  • Some days are sunny though other days can be very rainy.
  • I have invited some other people.
  • I can’t help you because I’m busy with other things.
Other + Ones
Other can be placed before the pronoun “ones” when the meaning is clear from the text before it.
  • We don’t need those books, we need other ones. (= different books)
  • A: You can borrow my books if you like. B: Thanks, but I need other ones. (= other books)
Note: you can say other one when it refers to wanting the alternative.
  • I don't want this one, I want the other one.
Others as a pronoun
Others replaces “other ones” or "other + plural noun".
Only others can be used as a pronoun and not other.
  • I don’t like these postcards. Let’s ask for others. (others = other postcards)
  • Some of the presidents arrived on Monday. Others arrived the following day.
Others - the others
Often “(the) others” refers to “(the) other people”.
  • He has no interest in helping others. (= in helping other people)
  • What are the others doing tonight?
What is the difference between other and others?
Other is followed by a noun or a pronoun
Others is a pronoun and is NOT followed by a noun.
  • These shoes are too small. Do you have any other shoes?
  • These shoes are too small. Do you have any others? (no noun after others)