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English Idioms

Exercises on Idioms
Jennifer Seidl
A second edition of Idioms in Practice

Oxford University Press

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ISBN O 19432772 8 First edition 1982 (reprinted 4 times) Second edition 1989 Sixth impression 1995

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Contents

List of exercises Introduction
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Idioms from special subjects
Banking 59 Business 60 Buying and selling 61 Health, illness,death 61 Motoring 62 Politics and government 62 The Stock Exchange 63 T elephoning 63 Travel 64 Work and industrial relations

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Key words with idiomatic uses
Adjectives and adverbs Nouns 13 Miscellaneous 17 6

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Idioms with nouns and adjectives
Noun phrases 22 Adjective + noun 23

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Idiomatic pairs

26 Pairs of adjectives 26 Pairs of nouns 26 Pairs of adverbs 27 Pairsof verbs 28 Identical pairs 28 29

Idioms with key words from special categories
Animals 66 Colours 68 Numbers, size, measurement Parts of the body 72 Time 80

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Idioms with prepositions Phrasal verbs Verbal idioms
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Idioms with comparisions
Comparisons with as ... as Comparisons with like 85

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Key

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List of exercises
bad big dead flat good hard highhot long old short thick, thin 13 end 14 line 15 matter 16 mind 17 point 18 bring 19 way 20 word 21 world 22 all 23 how 24 it as subject 25 it as object 26 that 27 there 28 too 29 what 30 Noun phrases 31 Noun phrases 32 Adjective + noun 33 Adjective + noun 34 Adjective + noun 35 Pairs of adjectives 36 Pairs of nouns 37 Pairs of adverbs 38 Pairs of verbs 39 Identical pairs 40 aboye, across, after,against 41 at 42 behind, below, by

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for, from
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off on out,over round, to, under, up, within be break, bring call, carry, catch come cut, do get go hang,have hold keep look make pass, play put run see set sit, stand take turnNominalized forms Nominalized forms break, bring come do get give go have (got) keep make play, pull Mixed verbs put see, stand take

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throw, turn Mixed verbs Mixed verbs Banking Banking Business Buying and selling Health, illness, deathMotoring Poli tic s and government The Stock Exchange Telephoning Travel Work and industrial relations Animals Animals Colours Colours number
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two, three, etc. size, inch, mile arm, back, blood, bone brain, chest, ear, elbow eye face, finger foot, feet, hair hand head heart, heel, leg neck nose, shoulder skin, toe tongue, tooth, teeth day hour, minute, moment, night time Comparisons with as ......
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