Odd one out (Photo credit: Nina Matthews Photography)
This is a game I play with my learners to help them expand their vocabulary base.
Can you find the sentence that doesn’t belong? Try to explain why it’s the odd one out.
- He backed me up at the meting.
- My best friend ratted me out.
- I can’t believe he stabbed me in the back.
- He’s been double crossed one too many times.
p.s. Use your thesaurus or Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary if you need a hand!
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It snowed heavily in my town yesterday. As I was shoveling, I started thinking about a few the vocabulary words associated to snow & winter. Here is what I came up with.
- Snowfall: snow that falls in a particular place
- Snow Storm: heavy snowfall with strong winds also know as blizzard
- Snowplow : a vehicle that pushes snow to the side of the road
- Snowball fight: what kids love to do when it snows…throwing snowballs at each other
- The snow should start melting today. It’s sunny. (i.e. it will transform into water and disappear. We can also use the verb to thaw which is a synonym)
- The roads are treacherous. (i.e. it’s dangerous to drive on them because of ice and snow)
- Did the snow settle in your area? (i.e. Did it stay on the ground?)
- We were snowed in last night. (i.e. we couldn’t leave home because of the snow)
Idioms in Context:
- I’m snowed under at work. I can’t leave before 9pm every night this week. (i.e. I’ve got an excessive amount of work to do)
- The managing director’s dismissal has had a snowball effect. There have been 20 resignations ever since. (i.e. it’s created a trend…more and more people are leaving)
Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions in class or with a friend to practice speaking a little English today.
- Do you like the cold or do you feel more in your element when it’s hot?
- Have you made a snowman this year?
- Do you ski? If so, can you describe your favorite skiing spot?
- Have you ever been snowed in due to a blizzard? How did you manage?
Can you think of any other useful expressions related to snow, winter and cold weather? We look forward to your posts!
This was inspired by the 3 hours of winter fun I had with my kids yesterday!
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FIll the gap with the appropriate preposition:
The new models will be coming ______ any day now. Would you care to reserve one?