Ways to Complain

Here are some useful phrases to help you when complaining: I'm afraid I have a complaint about... I have a complaint to make... There seems to be a problem / something wrong with... Look, I'm sorry to bother you, but... Sorry to bother you, but I wish to complain about... I would be very grateful … Continue reading Ways to Complain


‘Cleaning’ Expressions

Nice and clean - very clean. Mary's house is always nice and clean. Spotlessly clean - totally clean. My mother's car is spotlessly clean. Clean up something - remove dirt. It took me two hours to clean up the mess after the party. Spring-clean- clean your place thoroughly. Judith spring-cleaned her apartment before Christmas. Dry … Continue reading ‘Cleaning’ Expressions

Idioms with the Noun ‘Story’

It's a long story Meaning: A story you don’t feel like telling because it’s too long. Ex: What happened? – It’s a long story, I can’t talk about it now. The story of one's life Meaning: used to say that you’ve been misfortunate too often. Ex: People always misunderstand me – that’s the story of … Continue reading Idioms with the Noun ‘Story’

Idiom: Add Insult to Injury

Meaning 1: hurt someone’s feelings after doing them harm. Ex: He added insult to injury when he called the man a rat after he had already beaten him. Meaning 2: to make bad trouble worse. Ex: We started on a picnic, and first it rained, then to add insult to injury, the car broke down. … Continue reading Idiom: Add Insult to Injury

Other Ways to Say ‘Angry’

Mad – become very angry.Ex: Your brother will go mad when he finds out that you took his jacket. Annoyed – angry and irritated.Ex: She was annoyed with Sue for not calling. Furious – extremely angry.Ex: Sheila was furious when she saw the article. Bitter – angry and unhappy.Ex: John felt bitter about his failure. … Continue reading Other Ways to Say ‘Angry’

Collocations with the Verb ‘Meet’

Meet a deadline - finish work at the previously agreed time. Ex: All department was under stress, but we managed to meet a deadline. Meet the needs - provide what is necessary. Ex: We're working to meet the needs of our customers in 2020. Meet someone's expectations - to be as good as people think … Continue reading Collocations with the Verb ‘Meet’

Phrasal verb: Work Out

Like many others, phrasal verb 'work out' has more than one meaning. Let's look at a few of them: Work out 1 Meaning: to think of a solution for dealing with a problem. Ex: We have to work out a way to fit this shelf here. Environmentalists are trying to work out a solution for … Continue reading Phrasal verb: Work Out

Common Mistakes: Capable/Incapable of Doing Something

Don’t say: Most children are INCAPABLE TO sit still for longer periods. Say: Most children are INCAPABLE OF sitting still for longer periods. Don't say: That man is CAPABLE TO fix the tap. Say: That man is CAPABLE OF fixing the tap. Note: after the adjectives capable/incapable use the preposition OF + -ING Ex: I … Continue reading Common Mistakes: Capable/Incapable of Doing Something

Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour

Words taste and flavour are not interchangeable, as many might think, and we use them differently. The word TASTE refers to flavours we can feel with our senses: salty, sour, sweet or bitter. The word FLAVOUR refers to the quality of something which affects the sense of taste. Taste and flavour are both verbs and … Continue reading Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour

Phrasal Verbs with “Hand”

Here are four phrasal verbs with the word 'hand' HAND IN - to give documents or written papers to officials or teacher. Ex: I handed my passport in to the customs officer. HAND BACK - to give back something you're holding back to someone. Ex: Paul handed Ruth the book back after he looked at … Continue reading Phrasal Verbs with “Hand”