lesson 73

English Course Online 73

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to Idiomas and Word formation
  • Grammar point: The Past perfect and Past perfect continuous.


1/ Sentence Practice

Second Thoughts

This means that you will be going back to university for two years. I don’t think my income will be adequate to support us both.

I am going to have to mull over this decision for a while before I decide what to do.

Do not worry, I am hardly going to burden you with all that responsibility.

You are usually quicker on the uptake. You know that I have been working on that website and yet you have not yet put two and two together.

What do mean exactly? In my mind, I am still trying to piece together exactly what happened to that website.

It took me a long time to take in the fact of how much going back to university would cost. So I designed a website that would bring me revenue whilst I studied.

Tell me how you hit on such a great idea for making money. It must of taken you ages to figure out how to have a passive income.

And there was I thinking that you had not thought this through properly?

I’ve just thought up a brilliant scheme, your good at French. So, if you translate the site into French, we will double our money.

Are you round the bend? When am I going to find the time?

Sorry, but in between, Pilates, Yoga, Nights out with the girls I’m sure you can squeeze in a little work.

I’m afraid, you haven’t a leg to stand on.

No splitting hairs, go and get dressed up to the nines and we will hit the town.

Don’t let this website go to your head we have to be careful with the money.

I would prefer to stay in, I bought lots of food.

I’m sure we will land on our feet as usual but we should keep our wits about us.

Peter, had you had the idea of going back to study long before you left your job?

The truth is that when I met you, the idea had already occurred to me.

By the time we started dating, I had applied to several universities but one thing led to another and nothing ever came of it.

I got accepted because I’d studied a lot before applying

I had been studying for over five years before I had the courage to apply.

We have been talking for two hours so far and I am starving, what shall we prepare?

I was working on the oven for four hours yesterday, so it should work perfectly.

I would quite like a roast, it has been ages.

I will look at that traditional French recipe book.

My late grandmother would rely on trial and error rather than use a recipe book.

It used to be thought of as unusual for a man to like cooking.

I just like eating. Cooking is a means to an end.


2/ Vocabulary Practice

Vocabulary Idioms

  • go to your head ( something that makes you think you are better than you really are)
  • Have your wits about you (to be alert)
  • dressed up to the nines (to be exceptionally well dressed)
  • to be kept in the dark (to keep information from)
  • not to have a leg to stand (to be in an undefendable position)
  • not see the wood for the trees ( Stuck in the details and unable to understand the whole thing)
  • it doesn’t add up ( A situation are an explanation that is incoherent)
  • put two and two together. ( understand what is happening by what something means)
  • To land on one’s feet ( to be lucky)
  • quick/slow on the uptake ( taking a short or long time to realise something)
  • ring a bell (something that sounds or looks familiar)
  • round the bend (mad)
  • split hairs ( argue or worry about small details)
  • take stock of ( consider deeply a situation)

Word formation

  • assume-assumption-assuming
  • believe- belief-believing
  • brilliant-brilliance-brilliantly
  • conceive-concept-conceivable
  • doubt-doubter-doubtful
  • explain-explanation-explicable
  • imagine-imagination-imaginary
  • judge-judiciary-judgemental
  • reason-reasonably-reasoning
  • sense-senseless-sensibility
  • think- thought-thoughtless
  • wise-wisdom

3/ Grammar Practice

4/ Practice Quiz

Complete the quizzes below.

  1. Today’s comprehension interactive video: 
  2. Today’s sentences drag and drop: 
  3. Today’s grammar fill in the right words: 

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