English Idioms in Use, McCarthy M., O Dell F.

English Idioms in Use, McCarthy M., O'Dell F.

   It was written to help you improve your knowledge of idioms in English. Idioms are fixed expressions whose meaning is not immediately obvious from looking at the individual words in the idiom. You will come across a great many idioms when you listen to and read English. So it is important that you learn about the meanings of idioms and about how they are used. You can use this book either with a teacher or for self-study.
We wanted to encourage language learners to have a balanced approach to idioms in English. Sometimes in the past, teachers used to argue that it was a waste of time for learners to study idioms as they might start using them in an inaccurate or unsuitable way. But idioms are in such widespread use that it is inappropriate to ignore them. This book focuses just on those idioms which the modern student needs to know and it aims to provide the information and practice which will help you understand and use them correctly.

English Idioms in Use, McCarthy M., O'Dell F.

Success and failure.
Other useful idioms connected with success and failure
I always knew Ahmed would go places. He’s been an excellent athlete since he was a teenager, [would be successful (go places is not used in the simple tense forms)].

He’s a good writer, but he hasn’t really ever hit the big time, [been successful nationally or internationally and made lots of money].

He's really made a go of that restaurant he bought. He's extended it and he employs about ten people now. [been very successful with].

Using this book.
Learning about idioms.
What arc idioms?.
Using your dictionary.
Idioms to talk about.
1 Health.
2 Happiness and sadness.
3 Anger.
4 Knowing and understanding.
5 Experience and perception.
6 Success and failure.
7 Having problems.
8 Dealing with problems.
9 Power and authority.
10 Structuring and talking about arguments.
11 Conversational responses.
12 Praise and criticism.
13 Opinions on people and actions.
14 Behaviour and attitudes.
15 Reacting to what others say.
16 Danger.
17 Effort.
18 Necessity and desirability.
19 Probability and luck.
20 Social status.
21 Feelings.
22 Human relationships.
23 Size and position.
24 Money.
25 Work.
26 Speed, distance and intensity.
27 Communication 1: commenting on language.
28 Communication 2: getting rhe message across.
29 Life and experience: proverbs.
30 Memory.
Idioms from the topic area of.
31 Time 1: the past and rhe future.
32 Time 2; clocks and frequency.
33 The elements.
34 Colour.
35 Games and sport.
36 Animals 1: describing people.
37 Animals 2: describing situations.
38 Weapons and war.
39 Food.
40 Roads.
41 Houses and household objects.
42 Nature.
43 Boats and sailing.
44 Science, technology and machines.
Idioms using these keywords.
45 Finger, thumb, hand.
46 Foot, heel, toe.
47 Bones, shoulder, arm, leg.
48 Head.
49 Face, hair, neck, chest.
50 Eyes.
51 Ear, lips, mouth, nose, teeth, tongue.
52 Heart.
53 Brain, mind, blood and guts.
54 Back.
55 Long.
56 Line.
57 Act, action, activity.
58 Good and bad.
59 Ground.
60 Similes and idioms with like.
List of phonetic symbols.

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