Saturday, 30 November 2013
1. He failed to live ______ to his parents' expectations.
2. The police have promised to look _______ the problem.
3. The car is playing ______ again. It won’t start.
4. John is clever but he can’t put his ideas _________.
5. Diane’s poor performance was put _____ to nerves.
6. I hate saying goodbye but I went to the airport to see them ______.
7. I think this rain has set ____ for the day. We won’t be able to go for a walk.
8. Slowly the realisation that I had won began to sink __________.
9. E.g. stands ___________ exempli gratia. It’s Latin.
10. My assistant will stand __________ for me while I'm away.
Up. Live up to: to do as well as or be as good as other people expect you to. Estar a la altura de algo. No defraudar. E.g. the play quite lived up to my expectations. The team called “The No-Hopers” certainly lived up to its name.
Into. Look into sth: to examine something. E.g. I wrote a letter of complaint, and the airline has promised to look into the matter.
Up. Play up/play sb up: behave or work badly. To cause somebody problems or pain. E.g. the kids have been playing up all day. My shoulder is playing me up today.
Across. Put yourself/sth across/over to sb: To communicate your ideas, feelings, etc. successfully to somebody. E.g. she’s not very good at putting her views across.
Down. Put sth down to sth: to consider that something is caused by something. Attribute. E.g. what do you put her success down to?
6. Off. See sb off: to go to a station, an airport, etc. to say goodbye to somebody who is starting a journey. E.g. Anne saw Terry off at the station.
In. Set in: to begin and seem likely to continue. E.g. shortly after the business started, a long economic downturn set in.
In. Sink in: to be fully understood or realized. E.g. he paused to allow his words to sink in. The full scale of the disaster has yet to sink in. It took a moment for the implications of what she was saying to sink in.
For. Stand for: to be an abbreviation or symbol of something. E.g. ‘The book's by T.C. Smith.’ ‘What does the ‘T.C.’ stand for?’.
10. In. Stand in for: to take somebody's place. Carol has kindly agreed to stand in for Graham at the monthly meeting.
1. What on earth will he get ___ to next?
2. She gave ________ state secrets to the enemy.
3. The cheese had begun to give _____ a strange smell.
4. There weren’t enough life-jackets to go __________.
5. When it came to actually stealing the money, Nora couldn’t go __________ with it.
6. Let's hang _______ to those old photographs—they may be valuable.
7. Mark and Sarah really hit it _____ at the party.
8. They hit _______ the solution quite by chance.
9. Sorry I’m late. I was held _____ in the traffic.
10. Well done! Keep ______ the good work.
1. Up. Get up to: to be busy with something, especially something surprising or unpleasant. E.g. what have you been getting up to lately?
2. Away. Give away: to make known something that somebody wants to keep secret. Betray. E.g. His false identity papers gave him away.
3. Off. Give off: to produce something such as a smell, heat, light, etc. E.g. the flowers gave off a fragrant perfume. The fire doesn't seem to be giving off much heat.
4. Round/around. Go round/around: to be enough for everyone to have one or some. E.g. there aren't enough chairs to go around.
5. Through. Go through with: to do what is necessary to complete a course of action, especially one that is difficult or unpleasant. E.g. She decided not to go through with (= not to have) the operation.
On. Hang on to: to keep something, not sell it or give it away. E.g. I think we should hang on to the car until next year.
7. Off. Hit it off (with sb): to have a good friendly relationship with somebody. E.g. We hit it off straight away.
8. On/upon. Hit on/upon sth: to think of a good idea suddenly or by chance. E.g. she hit on the perfect title for her new novel.
9. Up. Hold up: to delay or block the movement or progress of somebody/something. E.g. An accident is holding up traffic.
10. Up. Keep up: to continue something at the same, usually high, level. E.g. we are on a winning streak. Hopefully we can keep it up.
1. David broke _______ and wept when he heard the news.
2. The crisis was brought ________ by The Prime Minister’s resignation.
3. The attack was successfully carried _______.
4. The new hair style is beginning to catch __________.
5. Let me explain how the situation came _________.
6. It all comes _______ to whether you are prepared to accept less money.
7. We’ve come up _________ a bit of a problem.
8. We still haven’t come up ________ a solution to the problem.
9. You have to face ________ to your responsibilities.
10. If the worst comes to the worst, we’ve got our savings to fall back ___.
1. Down. Break down: to lose control of your feelings and start crying. E.g. he broke down and wept when he heard the news.
2. About. Bring about: to make something happen. Cause. E.g. what brought about the change in his attitude?
3. Out. Carry Out: to do and complete a task. E.g. extensive tests have been carried out on the patient.
4. On. Catch on: to become popular or fashionable. E.g. he invented a new game, but it never really caught on.
5. About. Come about: to happen. E.g. Can you tell me how the accident came about?
6. Down. Come down to: to be able to be explained by a single important point. Be in the end a matter of. To be the most important aspect of a situation or problem. E.g. what it comes down to is, either I get more money or I leave. In the end, it all comes down to who wants the job the most.
7. Against. Come up against: to be faced with or opposed by somebody/something. Meet a difficulty. E.g. We expect to come up against a lot of opposition to the plan
8. With. Come up with: to find or produce an answer, a sum of money, etc. E.g. She came up with a new idea for increasing sales. How soon can you come up with the money?
9. Up. Face up to: to accept and deal with something that is difficult or unpleasant. E.g. she had to face up to the fact that she would never walk again. You have to face up to your responsibilities.
10. On. Fall back on sb/sth: to go to somebody for support; to have something to use when you are in difficulty. Use as a last resort. E.g. I have a little money in the bank to fall back on. She fell back on her usual excuse of having no time.