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word bank #105

I've got so many things piling up at work. I might have to work late to get things finished.
pile up: "to accumulate"


1. My parents were always discouraging me from going into the theatre as a profession. They wanted me to be a doctor.

2. Our teacher gives us loads of encouragement when we feel a little fed up with our lessons. She really knows how to motivate us.

3. It was a very courageous decision to quit her job and start up her own business.


One day I hope to find work on a regular basis instead of the odd day here and there.
"a regular basis"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:23 | CAE

word bank #105

Thanks for stepping in when you did. I was very close to losing my temper.
step in: "to help out in a difficult situation"


1. Did you vote in the last election?

2. He became Managing Director despite being unelected. He was simply appointed by the President.

3. The electoral system is often criticized for being unfair.


You will save yourself a lot of time if you catch a taxi home tonight.
"to save time"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:21 | FCE

word bank #104

Somebody has been putting about a story that he's been cheating in exams. I'm sure it's not true.
put about: "to spread a rumour"


1. I prefer dealing with small companies. They aren't so impersonal as the larger ones who tend to treat everyone the same.

2. He does a really good impersonation of Elvis Presley. Have you ever seen him do it?

3. She's so lovely and has a great personality.


We don't have any firm evidence of government corruption but we strongly suspect someone is acting dishonestly.
"firm evidence"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:18 | CAE

word bank #104

Have you heard the sad news? Sam's wife has passed away. She suffered a heart attack.
pass away: "to die"


1. They made an announcement to all the guests, telling them that they planned to get married the following year.

2. He'd been working abroad for 10 years when he came home totally unannounced. His arrival was a complete shock to everyone.

3. The announer on the TV was introducing the next programme when she started coughing.


If you take the next turning on your right, you'll see the bank on the right opposite the library.
"to take a turning"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:17 | FCE

word bank #103

I've got to go to the bank to draw some money out.
draw out: "to take money out of a bank account"


1. He is a top mathematician at Oxford University.

2. I'm sorry, but that's mathematically impossible. It can't add up to that.

3. She has a very mathematical method of working things out.


You shouldn't try to work so hard. Come on, face the truth. You aren't as young as you used to be.
"to face the truth"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:16 | CAE

word bank #103

It takes a lot of begging and pleading but I usually manage to get round my Dad OK.
get round: "to persuade someone to allow you to do something"


1. He works as an economist in a large multi-national company.

2. It's uneconomical to buy food every day from that shop. Why don't you get all your shopping from that cheap supermarket in town?

3. My new car is far more economical than the last one. It only uses about half the amount of petrol.


One of the questions you'll be asked in the interview is whether you have ever committed any crimes.
"to commit a crime"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:15 | FCE

word bank #102

As soon as I get in there's nothing I like better than to sink into the chair with a nice cup of coffee.
sink into: "to relax in a chair"


1. The result of the experiment turned out to be inconclusive. There was no real evidence one way or the other.

2. The study showed conclusively that smoking is bad for your health.

3. Your essay is fine apart from the conclusion, which is a little short.


You shouldn't try to work so hard. Come on, face the truth. You aren't as young as you used to be.
"to face the truth"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:12 | CAE

word bank #102

Could you turn over to Channel 4? I want to watch the news.
turn over: "to select another channel on TV"


1. Excuse me Madam. Have you any form of identification, like a passport for example?

2. UFO stands for unidentified flying object.

3. The police are keeping the identity of the man secret for his own protection.


There's a scene in the film where a building bursts into flames and the hero rushes in to save a young girl.
"to burst into flames"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:12 | FCE

word bank #101

The Government claim that they can no longer afford to keep pumping money into the company and warn that it might have to close.
pump into: "to invest heavily in a project or organisation"


1. When you are doing a writing exercise, one of the most important things to consider is the level of formality required.

2. There's no need to wear a suit. We're trying to make the occasion very informal.

3. I'll be putting the new proposals formally to the Managing Director next week.


The key to our success has been that we've had a very committed workforce.
"the key to success"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:10 | CAE

word bank #101

My last boss always kept on at me about arriving late. I used to get really irritated.
keep on at: "to continue to tell someone to do something until it becomes annoying"


1. How many qualifications did you get at school?

2. The athlete was disqualified for taking drugs.

3. He worked as a doctor even though he had never been to medical school and was completely unqualified.


She gave birth to a beautiful little girl.
"to give birth"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:10 | FCE

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