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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.
Fill in the blank with an oxymoron:
I'm so happy that we are finally _________________.

Fill in the blank with an oxymoron:
Mark is a ___________________.

Fill in the blank with an oxymoron:
I won't be at the office next week. I'll be in Hawaii. I can still be reached by email. It's a ________________.

The pilot had to make a ____________________.

I love seafood! Especially _______________.

If someone tells you something that you already know, you can say that it is _______________.

Fill in the blank with an oxymoron:
If you're going to buy a car, this is your _______________!

Danny: I'm really interested in reading Isaac Asimov's books.
Moe: I have an _______________ that you can borrow.

There's a ____________ outside the White House protesting the new law.

The fact that Jeffrey's 1964 Chevy Impala [a kind of car] still runs is a _________________.


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As always, thanks for clicking! You guys are the best!

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    You are the best . Thanks

    Thursday, August 11th 2016

      You’re right Alex, but let me put it to you this way:

      We’re the cream of the crop!

      Engaging lesson Alex!

      Thursday, August 11th 2016

        Oxymoron? Never had I heard such a word before!

        Just one question on the lesson Alex, what is it meant exactly by . . . a figure of speech?

        Oh Gosh! Not that easy for me to grasp the meaning of these combinations, I felt like if I were busy doing nothing.

        Thanks in advance for your feedback Alex.

        Happily married!

        P.S. By the way, is this an oxymoronic combination of words (LOL)?

        Thursday, August 11th 2016

    You are the best too, Alex!

    Thursday, August 11th 2016

It was funny😀

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    Thanks for watching!

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thanks for teaching!

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Does “On and Off” fall in the oxymoronic category?

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    No. It makes sense because you’re saying “and” between them. You can say that a relationship is “on and off,” which means it’s good sometimes and bad at other times.

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

      Thanks Alex, I’d never thought that “and” meant “between” I’d always thought that “and” means “also, with, plus, etc. ” but I learn everyday…

      Thursday, August 25th 2016

        And I thought of “on and off” as “on and off overlapped/overlapping/at the same time” but don’t take me wrong I knew the meaning. Just wanted to clear things out.

        Thursday, August 25th 2016

your pronunciation is very good ,tks for teaching us the oxymorons words

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    No problem! Thanks for studying with EngVid!

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

I love to learned English everyday.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Hi Alex sir. Thank you for this wonderful video. Now I am able to improve our vocabulary. I am also following you on Facebook. Hope I see you in Instagram also. Once again thank you

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Sorry Alex sir I did a small mistake in my comment “now i am able to improve our vocabulary” so instead of my I wrote our.
Sorry for this mistake sir.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Really is interesting lesson. keep it up

Thursday, August 11th 2016

It is immensely fruitful and easy to use. I want to ask NEVER EVER is also a oxymoron?
Thanks

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thank you, Alex, for another great lesson! You really are a master at making something as complicated as oxymorons seem so easy and fun to learn.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    Thanks for the kind feedback!

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thank you very much Alex!!
Nice and interesting video as usual. It’s a pleasure to follow your lessons ;)

Thursday, August 11th 2016

The lesson is useful. Thanks Alex, but I hope you will make another lesson on when to use these expressions.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thank you!interesring video(100

You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D)

Thursday, August 11th 2016

thank u very much

Thursday, August 11th 2016

I made %90 :D thanks for all things

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thanks Alex for this lesson, is great..

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thanks a lot!

Thursday, August 11th 2016

I have got 9 out of 10 not bad isn’t?

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    Not bad at all! Keep it up!

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thank u

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thank you ,for your effort

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thank you very much, Alex! It was nice to see you again. Very interesting video lesson. I liked it a lot. By the way, I got 100. Goodbye!

Thursday, August 11th 2016

yesss I got 10|10 thanks :)

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Hi Alex, thanks for teaching us about oxymorons.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Pas besoin d’être original : You are the best . Thanks.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

am I just going to hear those words in navive english peope?, How often am i goint to hear them?. I know it´s good to meet new words but I´m not sure weather use them

Thursday, August 11th 2016

    You can use them, as they are very common fixed phrases. You’ll hear them in movies, on television, and everywhere else. They’re just funny when you stop to think about them. :)

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thank you Alex for nice lesson as always. I conceived a new one! Safe danger! It is dangerous, but not that much, I don’t know :p

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Thank you teacher,
i just wanted to add it was the most awesome video intro ever
kind regards

Thursday, August 11th 2016

10 out of 10
thank you.

Thursday, August 11th 2016

OMG. Thanks alot, but still don’t think that I need that much oxymoron, haha

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Oh and u forgot Rebecca too

Thursday, August 11th 2016

Oxymorons good

Friday, August 12th 2016

thank u

Friday, August 12th 2016

Thank you very much Alex

Nice and interesting video. The lesson est very useful.

Friday, August 12th 2016

Thank you Alex for this lessons.My score 100👍

Friday, August 12th 2016

Great lesson, jut one feedback, don’t stand in front of the board, keep your right or left not the center, use your arms to point, we the students like to take notes and you are blocking.

Friday, August 12th 2016

    Thanks for the useful feedback, eduardo! I’ll try to fix this in the future!

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thank you for this interesting lesson, those examples are great. The only one I’ve got a problem with is ‘growing smaller’, because, at first sight, ‘to grow’ and ‘small’ are kind of the opposite of each other, but ‘to grow’ does not necessarily mean ‘to get bigger’. For example, you can grow tired of something, grow to love someone or in the evening it grows dark. So in these examples grow means something similar to ‘become’ or ‘get’, just like in ‘grow small’. But it really is a strange and funny expression.

Friday, August 12th 2016

Thanks Alex, That was great,

I am one of the regular visitors to this site , it is very useful for English learning. All the teachers are amazing and they are helping people in part of the world where they have no access for proper English teaching, . Hope this effort will continue,

Friday, August 12th 2016

hello Alex, thank you for the lesson.
But I don’t understand the reason why we use oxymorons? Or we have to avoid in our speaking those pairs you’ve described?

Friday, August 12th 2016

    You can definitely use them, as they are very common in speaking. You’ll hear them in movies and on television a lot as well.

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

tnk u

Friday, August 12th 2016

Thank You Alex. I didn’t know about oxymorons, I mean I knew them before but without that name. I did the quiz and I got a question. What is the difference between “working vacation” and “working time off”. As I read in the dictionary, it means a vacation. Maybe it’s just more common say vacation than time off. Could you clarify it for me?

Thank You. I always see ypur classes, they are always intresting and sometimes funny.

Bye.

Friday, August 12th 2016

Thanks for the lesson, I understand every oxymorons!

Saturday, August 13th 2016

now i know what is an oxymoron.but there are some of the oxymorons on your lesson that i don’t know their meaning

Saturday, August 13th 2016

u forgot Crying laughing

Saturday, August 13th 2016

Hello. Alex. This lesson is so interesting !!
I’ve naver heard of these words. First, I thought that you just introduced some opposite words but afterwards I realized those words are used as one speech. Thank you for letting me know about them^^

Saturday, August 13th 2016

Thanks, Alex. Great lesson!

Saturday, August 13th 2016

That’s very helpful… Thanks a lot Alex.

Saturday, August 13th 2016

I don’t understand can we use the oxymoron both words in one sentence ?

Saturday, August 13th 2016

    Yes, they are set phrases that are often used together.

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Literaly devices. Oxymorons can be Symbolic language, metaphors, poetical sense Edgar Allan Poe style “pain ecstasy” “death life” or Charles Bukowsky in his poem: “Genius of the crowd” “love hate”.

Saturday, August 13th 2016

    I did mean: Oxymoronics “Literary devices” (poetry) not “literaly devices” So it can be ironics expressions

    Saturday, August 13th 2016

Thanks Alex

Sunday, August 14th 2016

The yours is a very helpful lesson, I didn’t know so much about oxymoron in English, your explanation has been very clear.

Sunday, August 14th 2016

Great learning

Sunday, August 14th 2016

This lesson on oxymorons was really FUN and SERIOUS! I´m kidding. I laughed out loud during it. Thank U, teacher Adam.

Sunday, August 14th 2016

Alex!Thank you so much for your lesson.It’s very interesting for nonnative speaker.

Sunday, August 14th 2016

Thank you!Adam that was interesting.

Sunday, August 14th 2016

Sorry!Alex i meant.

Sunday, August 14th 2016

I’ve heard some of these oxymorons, thanks teacher Alex for such useful and helpful lesson to make my English nicer.

Monday, August 15th 2016

Thank you ! learned new concept in english

Tuesday, August 16th 2016

Thank you Alex. You are the best teacher for me :)

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

    I’m happy to help! Thanks for clicking!

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

What a great lesson! Well done .

Saturday, August 20th 2016

thank you alex !

Sunday, August 21st 2016

Thanks Alex! This lesson has enriched my vocabulary.

Sunday, August 21st 2016

    Excellent! I’m glad I could help out.

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thanks Alex for this lesson!

Good to hear from you, this deafening silence was unbearable.

I saw other day in a dictionary another interesting figure of speech: paranomasia.

Monday, August 22nd 2016

About the ending

If I were from the Olympic Committee, I would give you all, the teachers and the EngVid site, gold medals :)

But, as a simple citizen from the world, I intend to support you from time to time, as a form of recognition for your impressive and important work!

Monday, August 22nd 2016

    you all

    Monday, August 22nd 2016

    Thanks, Fabio! That’s much appreciated.

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

According to Google Translate: https://translate.google.com/#en/tr/biases
Please listen to the pronunciation

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

    Nice! Thanks a lot.

    Thursday, August 25th 2016

Can you tell me what is the difference between’I live near the sea and I live nearby the sea’.I always confuse with these two words. Thanks.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

hi alex what does that mean
In standard English a double negative has a different meaning.
I didn’t see no one. I saw one of my friends. (= I saw someone.)
We can’t do nothing. (= We must do something.)

Friday, August 26th 2016

i do not understand very well ?

Friday, August 26th 2016

this is a funny lesson
great job T.Alex

Sunday, August 28th 2016

how can i download this videos with subs. to whatch same lessons repeatedly.

Monday, August 29th 2016

Hi from Argentina! Everything you said in this video is unbelievably true. My grateful is currently endless.

Monday, August 29th 2016

It’s curious about the etymology of the second part, because it sounds like an insult. I mean… don’t ever say that cos’ is wrong. Thank you professor nice lesson

Friday, September 2nd 2016

What a fun and interesting lesson! I had noticed those contradictory words together in books and movies, but I didn’t know they were called oxymorons. I didn’t even know that word existed. Thanks for this great class, Alex!

Saturday, September 10th 2016

Very good lesson!

Monday, September 19th 2016

Thank you Alex, may Jesus bless you and your family.

Thursday, September 29th 2016

thank you Mr. , you want to tell us these words can’t be used together ???

Monday, October 3rd 2016

thank you teacher, i love the way you teach. Good voice!

Wednesday, October 5th 2016

What a funny lesson!

Thank you Alex! I am very happy to be your student.

Monday, October 24th 2016
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