Exercise: General english idioms

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Idioms are an integral part of a language and English is no exception (according to Wikipedia, English has approximately „twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions“). As we have pointed out on our Idiom of the Week posts, these expressions are used in a figurative sense, even when many of them initially appear to only have a literal meaning. Some idioms make more sense than others, as is the case with idioms based off sports but the majority require quite a bit of imagination to guess the meaning of. This is especially the case for learners of English whose main language doesn’t have similar expressions. We have prepared two exercises to show you how specific idioms are built and the difficulty in telling what they mean.

The first one looks more at the form of idioms – try to match the correct noun to the idioms!

The second exercises tests your knowledge on the meaning of specific idioms. Take the quiz and let us know how you did!