English Idioms in Use, Advanced, O’Dell F., McCarthy M., 2010

English Idioms in Use, Advanced, O’Dell F., McCarthy M., 2010.

   It was written to help you take your knowledge of idioms to a more advanced level. The ability to use idioms accurately and appropriately is an indicator that you have a truly advanced level of English, and so this book pays attention to the productive use of idioms as well as to the comprehension of their meaning. Many of you will have already worked with English Idioms in Use Intermediate, and this book builds on the work done there. However, it does not matter if you have gained your knowledge of idioms in a different way. We do not assume that you have used English Idioms in Use Intermediate, although we do present and practise different idioms from those that were presented in the lower-level book.

English Idioms in Use, Advanced, O’Dell F., McCarthy M., 2010

When and how are idioms used?
Idioms frequently change in English. Although many idioms last for a long time, some disappear very quickly. Therefore, some idioms that were popular fifty years ago may sound very old-fashioned and odd today. For example, the idiom as stiff / straight as a ramrod [to sit or stand with a very straight and stiff back] is not frequently used nowadays. It is therefore important to be careful if you learn an idiom from, say, an older novel, as it may sound unnatural if you use it in your own speech or writing. In this book we focus only on up-to-date idioms which are still commonly used.

Are these sentences true or false? If the answer is false, say why.
1 Few idioms stay in frequent usage for a long time.
2 Your English may sound unnatural if you use certain idioms.
3 Idioms can be used for dramatic effect.
4 Idioms are frequently used to comment on people and situations.
5 Headline writers always use idioms in their correct form.
6 Idioms are only used in some types of speaking and writing.
7 Newspapers and magazines are a good place to find idioms in use.
8 Idioms are not used in academic writing.

Using this book.
Learning about idioms.
In this section the units deal with key aspects of what idioms are and how you can use them.
1 What are idioms?.
2 When and how are idioms used?.
3 Using reference resources.
4 Common metaphors in idioms.
5 Using idioms accurately.
6 Playing with idioms.
7 Idioms from other varieties of English.
8 New idioms.
Types of idiom.
In this section the units deal with specific individual types of idiom.
9 Similes.
10 Binomials.
11 Proverbs.
12 Euphemisms.
13 Cliches and fixed statements.
14 Other languages.
Idioms from the topic area of.
In this section the units are organised around the aspect of life from which the idioms have originated.
15 Sailing.
16 War and conflict.
17 Transport.
18 Animals.
19 Parts of the body.
20 Games and sport.
21 Ancient myths and history.
22 Shakespeare.
23 Literature.
24 Science and technology.
Idioms to ta lk about.
In this section the units are organised around the topic or functional area where they are most likely to be used.
25 Films, plays and books.
26 Relationships - friends and family.
27 People - character and behaviour.
28 People - appearance.
29 Crime and punishment.
30 Work.
31 Business news.
32 Business meetings.
33 Money.
34 Society.
35 Daily life.
36 Positive feelings.
37 Negative feelings.
38 Problems.
Idioms used in.
This section focuses on some o f the written contexts where idioms are frequently found.
39 Journalism.
40 Advertising.
41 Formal writing.
Idioms used in conversation.
This section focuses on ways in which idioms are typically used in spoken language.
42 Advising and warning.
43 Telling stories.
44 Responding to what people say.
45 Agreeing and disagreeing.
46 Expressing success and failure.
47 Emphasising.
Idioms using these keywords.
In this section each unit focuses on one keyword which has given rise to a particularly large number o f English idioms.
48 Play and game.
49 Half.
50 Two.
51 All.
52 No.
53 Hand.
54 Heart.
55 Life and live.
56 Dead and death.
57 Mind.
58 Hard.
59 Fall.
60 Own.
Key 126.
List of phonemic symbols.

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