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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
I searched high and __________ for my keys.

Your car is always spick and span.

This means that your car is:

I listen to their music ________________________.

She's been through _________________ with her aging mother this year.

The doctors said it's still too early to know anything. It' s still _________________.

I clear out my closets ____________________.

She cleans obsessively. It's no surprise her house is ____________________.

We looked ______________________ but we couldn't find the tickets anywhere.

Her math score has improved by ________________. You have nothing to worry about.

I've been through ___________ and thin with him. I'm not going to leave him now.


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153 Comments on “Speaking English – How to use idiomatic pairs”


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I got 100 %, Thank You Miss Rebecca, the most important Idiom for me is Spick and Span, because I heard this Idiom in TV Drama but I could not recognize what they are saying, and I felt very happy after You explain it

Friday, August 9th 2013

    I just love the orderly way you work.The examples are very clear. I will try to use them this week.I liked the lesson about adjectives pairs also.

    Wednesday, February 12th 2014

      Idiomatic pairs like any other idiomatic expressions make our talking more colorful and natural.

      I didn’t know these idioms were referred to as idiomatic pairs.

      Many thanks for this lesson Rebecca.

      Wednesday, October 1st 2014

        Well-designed quiz with illustrative examples.

        Thanks for your time and commitment Rebeca.

        Sunday, October 19th 2014

    so do I with my quiz

    Wednesday, April 8th 2015

I really love your smile Rebecca :)

Saturday, August 10th 2013

I got all 10 right answers! It makes me happy but I’m afraid if I can use these idioms fluently in my conversation in the future.
Anyway, I love English by leaps and bounds. I love to make friends will all of you and hope that we can improve Eng together. Please make contact me through my email takawinner@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

    I think is better if engvid would open a chat, that perhaps help us to improve our english

    Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Hi. Rebecca this was so unexpected and interesting topic for me actually i have never heard these expressions in movies now i am lucky to know them thanks for clear explanation i got 10 out of 10

Saturday, August 10th 2013

I got 100%, too. thank you, This video was very helpful to me…

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Hi Rebacca, I have no words to thank you. I would like to congratulate you very much. hohever I want to ask you a question. Does “UP AND DOWN” make sense. I just thought about it, like high and low. Thank you!

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Hello!I really enjoy watching your videos.I think the whole engvid crew was born to be teachers! And one more thing i wanted to say is that i found some misprints in a couple of questions after i did a quiz:) for example: “spin and span” instead of “spick and span”,or “spic” instead of “spick”. Love you!

Saturday, August 10th 2013

    Thanks, Karina. These typos have been fixed. Just so you know, the spelling “spic” is also okay in “spic and span”, but it is also an offensive terms for Hispanics.

    Saturday, August 10th 2013

      Thank you for information:)

      Monday, August 12th 2013

      Why “spic and span” is an offensive terms for Hispanics?

      Saturday, August 17th 2013

        spic = Hispanic person?

        Saturday, August 17th 2013

i got 100 10/10 Thanks Rabeeca ..

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thank you very much, Rebecca!
I want to ask you a question.
In several American movies and songs I’ve heard expressions like “She don’t like”, “He don’t know”. The English I have allways been taught at school tells me that the grammatically correct structures are the following: “She doesn’t like”, “he doesn’t know”, etc. Does English Grammar accept the other option, too?

Saturday, August 10th 2013

    По-моему в английских песнях часто нарушают грамматические правила для лучшего звучания))Но в какой-либо научной работе такие вещи неприемлемы)

    Monday, August 12th 2013

      karina can u pls kindly use english so every one can understand. accept my applogy thanks

      Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Thank You so much! GBY

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Got 100%! Yay!
Thanks a lot, Rebecca! Very interesting and useful! :)

Saturday, August 10th 2013

    Indeed , It was interested and useful

    Saturday, August 10th 2013

veryy good lesson, this lesson has useful role in my improving my english.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thanks Rebecca :)

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Hi Rebecca..
yeah,this lesson improved my english by leaps and bounds. :)
But i have a little problem with word “Would”..
I have gone through it’s formal rules many times.
but whenever i come across this word,i can’t recognize it’s use…
i.e Anyone who felt i should be given some occupation WOULD barge into my cubicle and deliver an extended lecture.
why would is used here??
or give me some other guidance so that i can fix my problem.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thanks Rebecca.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Many thanks Rebecca! You’re very kind and sweet! :)

Saturday, August 10th 2013

9/10 Thanks!!!

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thanks Rebecca

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thanks!!!

Saturday, August 10th 2013

thank you a million

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thanks

Saturday, August 10th 2013

thank you very much . it will leaps and bound for me thank u…

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Nice lesson! Thank you so much!

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Hi teacher Rebecca, I do not still understand the use of the NOW and THEN,and I watched your video three times.Could you help me,please?

Saturday, August 10th 2013

    now and then = once and a while ( sometimes, not very often)

    Saturday, August 10th 2013

      Well guys . . . listen up and learn!!! this idiomatic pair means OCCASIONALLY (sometimes but not often).

      Hope it helps.

      Wednesday, October 1st 2014

    NOW AND THEN :
    For example : I go to morning walk now and then.
    explanation : i go to morning walk not regularly/not usually/not very often…..whatever you want to say.
    means action which u do sometimes(not always)…
    Hopefully, it will clear the idea :)

    Saturday, August 10th 2013

      Good examples, kushu!

      Thursday, August 15th 2013

        Thank you very much,Janilza.

        Friday, August 16th 2013

      Thank you for sharing your example to us. It’s truly an amazing when all of us here shared our thoughts and continue our learning/lessons from other english students. From time to time, through my high and low, I could see that I am finally learning the english language.

      Wednesday, November 13th 2013

    Grazisil, I want to cooperate to enlighten you. E. G. We see us for a coffee today dear friend, the next time? I don´t know, I am traveling a lot. 5 years ago we saw us, remember it?. I got 100 point because Rebecca is a very, very good teacher. I am very grateful with her clear explanations.

    Thursday, August 15th 2013

Nice lesson, thanks!

Saturday, August 10th 2013

I certainly learned something new with this lesson…thanks a lot

Saturday, August 10th 2013

thank Rebecca, I like the lessons the ennvid. congratulation…bye

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thank you for your explaination very well but once in a while not and a while.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

thanks so much !! :D

Sunday, August 11th 2013

miss Rebecca really you are wonderful, your words very clear, I can understand all…

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Thanks for the cool lesson! I hope you lesson is made my English more fluently!

Sunday, August 11th 2013

i got 90 thanx for neü lessons dear teacher

Sunday, August 11th 2013

TY so much…… :)

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Thank you.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Hi Rebecca,

I have an unrelated question to the subject. If you could help me to tell me which sentence is correct out the following three:

You will be sick for a week at least, if you drink X drink.
You will be good at least for a week, if you drink X drink.
You will at least be good for a week, if you drink X drink.

Thank you for all your good work and help.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

sorry, correction.

You will be sick for a week at least, if you drink X drink.
You will be sick at least for a week, if you drink X drink.
You will at least be sick for a week, if you drink X drink.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

    i think the second one is correct but i cant give a definite answer

    Sunday, August 11th 2013

    the 2nd
    one is riiiiiiiiiiight

    Wednesday, August 14th 2013

Thank you Rebecca.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Thanks, I enjoi a lot.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Hi Rebecca
Thank you so much.

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Thanks a lot! Quite an interesting lesson! What I miss is the exact meaning of each word in the pair to see how / whether it influences the meaning of the pair. However, it’s just my curiosity!

Sunday, August 11th 2013

thank you so much for help Rebecca!

Sunday, August 11th 2013

thank you mam.. i need to your help to understand what does meaning of “don’t lasts forever” phrase…pls tell me

Monday, August 12th 2013

Hi your explaination is very good.Thank you
I want to just to know if these Idioms is used normaly by american people. If I use that with them, they understand me or they have to learn Idioms too. Thanks :D

Monday, August 12th 2013

Naks…very interesting…

Monday, August 12th 2013

Thanks a lot.

Monday, August 12th 2013

Thanks Rebecca..

Monday, August 12th 2013

Thank u very much!!!

Monday, August 12th 2013

I searched high and low and I couln´t find a site like engvid thanks for this lesson

Monday, August 12th 2013

It is so easy to understand, thank you so much.

Monday, August 12th 2013

Thanks! You help me a lot Rebecca. You are great teacher.

Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Obrigado Janilza!

Tuesday, August 13th 2013

    You’re welcome!

    Thursday, August 15th 2013

Thanks a lot . you are doing a great job.

Tuesday, August 13th 2013

thanks a lot.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

thank you for this funny lesson

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

Thanks for the lesson!

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

thanks for your lesson,,,,realy want more know about english,,,,

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

great job rebbeca

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

100% thank you helpfull

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

Hi Rebecca, interesting lesson, I really enjoy it and I did it great. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Saturday, August 17th 2013

Thanks a lot.

Saturday, August 17th 2013

I searched high and low and finally found this tutorial, thanks.

Sunday, August 18th 2013

thanks, for the lesson..God bless…

Monday, August 19th 2013

Thank you very much Mam :)

Monday, August 19th 2013

Thanks a lot for your help.

Monday, August 19th 2013

Thank you very much.

Monday, August 19th 2013

I like your way of teaching through examples without disclosing the actual meaning of the idioms. Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

thank you so much Rebecca..
it was a very informative session for me.
i scored 10/10.
God bless you

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

Hi Rebecca, I`m newbie here
Thank you very much for teaching me many things I haven`t known before
I always wait for your video lesson more and more
Far away from you all, I`m Indonesian
And I have a request for a lesson about how to speak like a native MC (Master of Ceremony)
oke, God Bless You

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

thank u so much =)

Thursday, August 22nd 2013

thank you so much Rebeca
even i study english but i speak english now and than , i hope that i have a lot of chance to speak english

Saturday, August 24th 2013

Thanks you a lot, Rebecca ^^°
I love your lessons ^^°

Saturday, August 24th 2013

thank you so much =D your lessons are so intersting and helpful

Saturday, August 24th 2013

Thanks Rebecca you are really good professor! bless you.

Sunday, August 25th 2013

i can easily understand miss Rebecca classes

Tuesday, August 27th 2013

thanks…
I have learned a lot…

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

Thank´s Rebecca, I got 7 !! I need more learn to “listening” anyone help me? from Canada for example??? Regards

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

Thank you very much indeed. Could you please teach some useful Telephone Conversation Expressions as well? I’de be grateful.

Saturday, August 31st 2013

I’m happy! I got 100% score, thanks Miss Rebecca.

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

thanks teacher Lebecca~~

Wednesday, September 4th 2013

Thank you so much Rebecca! I’ve been taught an exciting lesson about how to use idiomatic pairs

Thursday, September 5th 2013

Hi Rebecca,
I wonder if these paired idioms are used only in Canada or in any english speaking country: USA, Uk, Aus…..!
Thank you

Tuesday, September 10th 2013

wow i got 8 of 10 >>

Friday, September 13th 2013

I got 70 and I’m glad dat I learnt many new idioms..thanks Rebecca

Monday, September 16th 2013

I searched high and low for new English words.
Is that correct idiom?

Monday, September 16th 2013

I got 8/10 thank you Rebeca i will try my best

Monday, September 23rd 2013

Great! I am improving my English! Thanks Rebeca!

Wednesday, September 25th 2013

Thank you Rebecca for very interesting lesson.

Saturday, September 28th 2013

really super. I love your speaking

Monday, September 30th 2013

i’m veryy happy a got 9/10 :D

Monday, September 30th 2013

thanks Rebecca I got 90%

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

Thabks. Did 100%

Saturday, October 5th 2013

I’m really happy.I’ve learnt new things.Thanks by heart.

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

I love your accent Rebecca sounds really clear for me, Thanks very much.

Saturday, October 19th 2013

Hi Rebecca!! I love you and I like your way of to explain. However, I didn’t understand complety what you said in this video. Could you explain again writing a resume? Thanks a lot!!!

Saturday, November 2nd 2013

Hello everyone and teachers, I hope I can share and say that my quizzes have improve by leaps and bounds. It’s like my car always spick and span and feels like a few cobwebs off my brain is finally starting to clear up.

Wednesday, November 13th 2013

HI Rebecca, I just finished all lessons of your “intermediate vocabulary” category and I learnt a lot from all these lessons. I practice English at least one hour per day. Hope to start new chapter tomorrow. I really appreciate your effort to teach English for those who really want to learn English properly. Thank you very much AND god bless you.

Tuesday, November 19th 2013

90 %

Monday, November 25th 2013

I think my english will improved by leaps and bounds ,if i keep watching your lessons.
thnx Rebecca.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013

I want to leave a comment. Testing Testing.

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Dear Rebecca is first time. Ileave a comment I really love your class I had been watching your videos thanks very much for your lessons are very helpful. I like all the teachers in eng Vid, but your pronunciation is very understanding today I got 100 in idiomatic pairs I love your lesson receive a huge embrace from capricubana USA.

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Thanks!

Tuesday, December 10th 2013

wow.How different it is to watch the video and then answer the quiz , i used to answer without watching the video as i didn’t have access to the youtube .i liked it ,so useful
thanks so much

Sunday, December 15th 2013

I did not understand the idiom ‘thick and thin’, do someone could explan it to me?

Wednesday, December 18th 2013

    Through thick and thin basically means through good times and bad times. For example, over the years, we went through thick and thin [=we spent good and bad times] and enjoyed every minute of it.
    Hope this helps

    Saturday, December 21st 2013

So helpful. Thank you Rebecca.

Saturday, December 21st 2013

Thank you mam!I scored 9/10 , my English is improved leaps and bounds. thank you so much.

Thursday, January 2nd 2014

My English knowledge is improved a lot through you.

Thursday, January 2nd 2014

My English knowledge is improved a lot through you. I improved my English knowledge a lot through you,thank you.

Thursday, January 2nd 2014

Thanks to engvid’s teachers my english will improve by leaps and bounds!

Friday, January 3rd 2014

thank you teacher

Saturday, January 4th 2014

Thanks for this lesson. It’s quite helpful for me.However I have a preoccupation. What is the main difference between through and acrooss?

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

Thanks a lot Rebecca.
Your lessons are always very useful
take care

Sunday, April 27th 2014

Thank you, Rebecca)
Never before have i heard these idioms! Its very interesting topic.

Monday, May 26th 2014

Thank you, teacher!

Friday, July 11th 2014

Thanks a bunch

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

excelent class!!

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

GOD bless you my best , you are awesome

Thursday, September 11th 2014

hi friend

Sunday, September 28th 2014

THANKS A LOT THE GREATEST TEACHER!
Our English has improved by leaps and bounds!
I wish you were my real teacher!

Thursday, March 5th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
I work my English every day.
I progress by leaps and bounds.
Thanks to you.
Best regards.

Thursday, March 5th 2015

Hi Rebecca, I scored a 100% by watching your video explanation. Thank u.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Dear Rebeca, Thank you very much, I got a 100%.
My English is improved leaps and bounds. :)

Saturday, August 29th 2015

i got it the score was good.

Wednesday, September 16th 2015

Good lesson. Clear explanation. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015

Thank you very much for this lesson.

Saturday, February 6th 2016

I’ve been through thick and thin with EngVid. I’m not going to leave EngVid now. Is that good sentence,Rebecca?

vid. I am not going to lease engvid now.

Monday, February 8th 2016

thanks so much, because after watching this video the idioms that I know improved by leaps and bounds.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

    Hi Manaltalab. Using idiomatic expressions make our language more vivid. I like using idioms in my talking and as far as I can see so do you.

    Regards, see you around!

    P.S. A master degree in mechanical engineering? You must be really good AT math.

    Sunday, July 17th 2016

Better understanding of the concept. What does it mean when someone says “I am leaps and bounds over you”? anybody know

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
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