Commonly Confused Prepositional Idioms

Prepositional idioms are phrases where the meaning is determined by the choice of preposition. As with the idiomatic expressions we have looked at in the past, there is no “rule” for which prepositional idiom is correct in a given situation. This is because prepositional idioms have evolved through custom and usage as the English language…

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A Final Set of Common English Idioms

This week we’re going to wrap up our lessons on idioms with a final eleven commonly-used English idioms. An idiom is a phrase whose meaning is different from the dictionary definitions of the words that comprise it. Idioms pose a special challenge for non-native English speakers precisely because you can’t determine their figurative meanings from…

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Introduction to Phrasal Verbs

This week we’re going to begin talking about phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb is an idiomatic expression consisting of a verb plus an adverb or preposition. The addition of the adverb/preposition gives the verb a different meaning than it has on its own.   If you need more help with phrasal verbs or any other…

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