• 04Feb

    This month’s cartoon is based on the idiom, rub it in.

    rub it in – if someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something or doing something that makes you upset or embarrassed.

    “We all know she made a mistake, but you don’t have to rub it in.”
    “I wanted to rub it in, so I said, “I’ll be thinking of you working while I’m on vacation.”"
    “John failed hix exam, so to rub his nose in it, I put my certificate up on the wall.”

  • 03Jan

    This month’s cartoon is based on the three-word joke: Stationery store moves. Although they have different meanings, stationary and stationery are often confused because of their very similar spellings.

    Stationery: (noun) the things needed for writing, such as paper, pens, pencils and envelopes.

    Stationery store: (noun) a shop that sells writing-paper, pens, pencils and envelopes.

    Stationary: (adjective) not moving, standing still.”The car remained stationary with the engine turned on.”

    When something is standing still, it’s stationary. Paper you write a letter on is stationery. Let the “E” in “stationery” remind you of “envelope.”

    “The man walked into the stationery shop.” – the shop sells writing materials.
    “The man walked into the stationary shop.” – the shop does not move.

  • 03Dez

    The phrasal verb give up can mean ‘to surrender’ i.e. to stop trying and admit defeat.
    It can be used when we can’t answer a quiz/test question someone asks us.
    Give up as ‘stop trying‘:

    Example – “You’ll never guess the answer – do you give up?”
    Example – “I can’t think of the answer; I give up.”

  • 06Nov

    This month we take a closer look at two meanings of the expression put down:

    Put down: Stop holding
    “Slowly put down the gun and keep your hands where I can see them.”
    “She finished reading the newspaper and put it down on the table.”

    We use can’t put something down as an idiom to describe something we are reading that is so interesting that we don’t want to stop reading it.

    “Have you read the new Harry Potter book? It’s impossible to put down.”
    “The novel was so exciting that I couldn’t put it down. I read it all night.”
    “Don’t start reading it until you have a lot of free time. You might not be able to put it down!”

  • 22Okt

    This month we take a closer look at two meanings of the word fold:

    Fold: (verb) to bend something, especially paper, so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able to be bent in this way.

    “Here are simple instructions for folding an origami airplane.”
    “Carefully fold the letter and put it in an envelope.”

    Fold: (verb) used to describe a business that goes bankrupt or closes/fails.

    “Restaurants often fold within the first year.”
    “My father’s business folded because of the recession.”

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