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When Sasha went shopping for a new car, she wanted to make sure it came with all the _____________.

Everyone knew John was an angry man. Saying even one wrong thing to him would make him ________________.

After years of poor performance, the company ___________ the plug on their smart printer idea.

We heard a loud bang in the prison. The guards were ready to _________________. It turned out that it was just a balloon popping. Some of the inmates were organizing a birthday party for Warden Glynn.

If you want to get something done in this city, you need someone to ___________ the wheels with the mayor.

The protesters stayed outside the mayor's house for weeks. Once the weather got cold, the movement ___________________.

Thomas: How are things with you and Cindy?
Shawn: Great! We have so much in common. It just seems like we're _____________________.

Have you ever seen Jen and her boyfriend argue? She knows exactly which ____________________ to make him crazy.

All the lights went out! Someone needs to change the ___________ in the circuit box.

Bobby is an incredible chess player. I wish I knew ___________________.


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It was my first time , i live in Africa, so 3 from 10 is the best I can do , you cant exspect more .

Monday, October 9th 2017

    Welcome Islandman.

    Remember, only you can expect more from yourself ;)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thank you teacher, I got 8 correct out of 10.

Monday, October 9th 2017

    Congratulations! ^_^

    Monday, October 9th 2017

Thank you Adam, I got 100. ✌️

Monday, October 9th 2017

Nice 👍

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Hello Adam.
Thanks for the lesson . It is amazing that we have almost the same expressions .
I would like to know if it is the same for other languages .
Adam , would it be possible to make a lesson about mechanic ? You would describe parts that go into a combustion engine and a gear box .
Is it in your wheelhouse ?
See you
Bye

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

    Yea tsamp, I agree too about expressions!
    Try this https://youtu.be/saPGX-1qC4M

    Wednesday, October 25th 2017

    Hi Tsamp,

    Not really my area of expertise, but I can always do some research ;)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thanks Adam. I like your lessons.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

thank you adam: i enjoyed the lesson so much thank you.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

☺Got 100%. Highly excellent lesson. Adam you are great. Love your teaching . Thank you so much.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Got 100% . Highly excellent lesson. Adam you are great. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

I got 10 out of 10 as usual , i have a question for you Adam , when we should use these idioms ?

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

    Hi Yasser,

    These are all part of everyday speech. In many cases they can be used in writing as well. In terms of when specifically to use them, it all depends on the context of the conversation.

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thank you Adam! I like your lessons very much.I hope we’re on the same wavelangth :)

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

    Indeed we are Kotat ;)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Hallo Adam,

thank you very much for your usefull and nice lesson. With the idiom “blow the fuse” I immediately thought of very similar or even identical idiom “hit the roof”. However the roof is not modern technology.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

    Hi Adrijana,

    Not tech, but both idioms essentially mean the same thing.

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Howdy Adam!

Well done! That’s a quite interesting video again. I shall use these expressions in my everyday life.

Bye for now!

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Very useful Adam, thank you!!!

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Very good lesson. Extremely useful idioms.Thanks.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Thank you, teacher….!!

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Thanks Adam for this information.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Hi every one how are you. It is very useful lesson for English learner , in my opinion practice make perfect. I would like to invite everyone to practice with me that enhance our skills.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

thanks Adam
that is very good

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Thank you sir.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

thank you so much. I feel like, I`m going to learn a lot.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Thank you! It was very interesting! I like your examples! But I don’t understand, where and how can I press “Like” in this site (not in YouTube).

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

    Thanks Kayfovo,

    Just under the video you should see a like button with a thumbs up sign. If not, your comments are just as welcome :)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

The ten idioms looks strange and peculiar at the first sight but when you study the words of the sentence one by one, you will find it’s interesting that you could guess the proximate meaning of the idiom implies.Good lessons, thank you Adam.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

I did it without listening but it wasn’t a great idea:))
A smile, thanks.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

AHH! I was speaking about the Quiz!

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

great lesson, Adam!!!thank you!!!

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Great lesson Mr Adam, thanks so much!!

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

thanks a lot

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Thanks Adam. Very clear explanation.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Thank you, it was fun

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

can you explain what is the difference between chicken out, to be chicken and got cold feet??
and also please do lesson about present perfect tense and present continuous tense
thank u teacher

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

    Hi Agatha,

    To chicken out means to be scared of doing something. TO be a chicken means to be generally scared (similar to coward). to get cold feet means to not want to do something at the last moment (not necessarily scared, just changed mind).

    You can do a search in the search box on this site for the tense lessons. There are quite a few of them.

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

      terima kasih guru atas jawabannya means “Thank u teacher for the answer” God bless you

      Sunday, October 29th 2017

        My pleasure :)

        Monday, November 13th 2017

Yeh I did it 100. Hope I remember all of them by heart and use them in reality.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

10/10!
Thanks Teacher Adam for your lesson.
I won’t never run out of stream on learning English.

Thursday, October 12th 2017

hello thanks to the test.
I really need someone to help me write an academic essay. I must complete essay by 12 tonight.

Thursday, October 12th 2017

Hello Adam, I have a question about the indefinite pronoun.

At the WritetoTop.com, you write so: “If both nouns are singular or plural, then of course the verb agrees with that number. If the pronoun appears by itself (neither was given the opportunity to defend his actions), then the nouns have already been established (his actions) and are of a common number.”

At the end, I don’t know what’s “a common number”? Is it equals singular number?

Thank you.

Friday, October 13th 2017
    Friday, October 13th 2017

    Hi Gerald,

    I can see the confusion. I will rewrite that part. In the meantime, ‘His actions’ suggests that the two people in the sentence are individuals (his and his) and the verb agrees with (is common to) that.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Maria has more money than _____. I,me,him,we? I hope you can shed some light, please!

Friday, October 13th 2017

    Hi Jay05,

    Technically the answer is “I” —
    Maria has more money than I (do).

    In everyday speech, many, if not most, people will say me.You are making a comparison of the verb as well, so after ‘than’ you need a full clause to include subject and verb, and “I” is the subject pronoun.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

It has been a little difficult to connect these idioms, to make these idioms tick and to be on the same wavelengths with the meaning of the sentences but at the end I think it has worked greasing the wheels although I have had to reinvent the wheels to get the bells & whistles. Thanks a lot, teacher Adam, we are learning a good English with your very useful aid, you are aiming us to the true sense of the English.

Friday, October 13th 2017

i like to learn english

Saturday, October 14th 2017

They don’t put you in booties
and a straightjacket
What that suppose to mean?

Saturday, October 14th 2017

    HI Ugle.star,

    I don’t know the context you’re taking this sentence from, but I can guess that it means they don’t send you to the psychiatric hospital (insane asylum) for doing what you did or are about to do.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thanks Mr.Adam for this lessons. Glad to know that, we also in Arabic lang. share the same culture and meanings :) :) :)

Saturday, October 14th 2017

Thank you very much Adam.

Saturday, October 14th 2017

Thanks Mr Adam I got 100% :D

Saturday, October 14th 2017

thanks

Saturday, October 14th 2017

Cool, I got 9 from 10.. srsrs

thanks so much Adam…

Saturday, October 14th 2017

You got 10 correct out of 10. Thank you so much.

Monday, October 16th 2017

Great lesson

Tuesday, October 17th 2017

Hello Adam! I was a little sick lately but I watched all your last uploads.
I thought I had a lot of old magazines with jokes but close examination showed me I was wrong. So I got jokes from a new one. Let’s get started!

1 – What happend to you?
– You know, I met a girl and was knock down by her beauty…and then by her husband.

2 – So you’re from Russia. They say there are bears walk on the roads.
– They’re liars! There aren’t any roads!

3 – Eh! It’d be cool to get back our first date!
– You are so cute darling! What would you do?
– I wouldn’t come!

4 – Does your husband often leave your home in evening?
– Yea, pretty often!
– Poor man, doesn’t like to be alone!

Thank you for attention!

Tuesday, October 17th 2017

    This took me 5 minutes to translate and write!

    Tuesday, October 17th 2017

    Good job Katrin :)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

      Thank you Adam.

      Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Amazed by the way you explained.
Please do a lesson on conjugated use of had had, have had,has had.

Wednesday, October 18th 2017

    I’ll get on it Dawood ;)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Hello Adam

First of all I’d like to offer you my sincere gratitude for all the hard works you guys put in to create these videos and make them available to public. I’d also like to suggest something that I think would most certainly improve this website and also very beneficial to all the audience. The videos are great however in my opinion it would be really beneficial to everyone if you guys could make a PDF format of each lessons and the quizzes where we can download at the end of each video and print them out. This way we can make our own text book where we can study and perhaps highlight the parts we need to study/review more before our exams either TOEFL/IELTS or whatever it would be.

Thank you in advance

Wednesday, October 18th 2017

    Thanks Avec.toi. I’ll pass these ideas on to the admins.

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Sir, Could you explain me the use of “OFF” and “OF”?
Alarm goes OFF. ( to me the alarm stops ) but it’s rather the alarm making sound.
I took day OFF. ( No working ). So can you teach me more how to use it “off”

Thursday, October 19th 2017

    I’ll try to make a vid about this Alex.

    Keep in mind that these are two very different prepositions and have different uses. They shouldn’t really be confused with each other, other than in terms of how they sound.

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Hello, Adam!
The way you you explained the introduction structure for Writing Task Two was incredibly helpful. Thank you so much! Would you please make a similar video for TOEFL Speaking tasks? I never know what to to say in the concluding statement. In the integrated Speaking task I am not even sure I need a conclusion. Do I?
Thanks again, and I hope you’re having a great day)

Thursday, October 19th 2017

    Hi Olga,

    I’ll see what I can do about that, but in the meantime, the main thing to keep in mind about the “conclusion” (in the integrated tasks) is that you simply need to “wrap up” the speech. In other words, let the listener know you are about to finish. there is no actual conclusion for you to reach as you are just summarizing what you heard and read.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thank you so much ADAM!

Thursday, October 19th 2017

It’s an amazing methods, I would like to have an interactive conversation By ZOOM (software for meeting) with a small Group.

Thursday, October 19th 2017

Adam,is it appropriate if in everyday speech I will say “Darling! If I said something(wrong),if I did something(wrong)?” instead of “Darling! Did I say something wrong, …?” ? Thank you.

Friday, October 20th 2017

    Well, not really sure this would be “everyday” speech, but both sentences work. The first (if), is a sentence with the invitation for the listener to stop you and say no, no, it’s not you it’s me. The second is a direct question and needs a direct answer.

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

      I really didn’t know that. I thought they’re the same.
      Thank you.(So maybe there’s a difference between: ” If I said something …..” and ” Whether I said something ……”?)Or people don’t talk like that?

      Tuesday, October 31st 2017

        Whether is a question, not an indirect statement, so it doesn’t work in this context.

        Monday, November 13th 2017

I’ve got 70 in the exam . is this degree is good,Mr adam?

Saturday, October 21st 2017

    Yes, AlaaYilmaz :). On the next quiz, go for 80

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

I’ve got 80. So good so far I think. Thank you, Mr. Adam!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

It´s my first time in this website and I´ve got 100. I´m really glad about it, and I´ll keep studying really hard with these videos. Congratulations for the job…

Wednesday, October 25th 2017

    Welcome FHYPPOLITO :)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Hi me ur new studend rabbia here.

Thursday, October 26th 2017

    Welcome Rabbia :)

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thank you Mr. Adam, it is very useful lesson.

Friday, October 27th 2017

Hi adam i want that you explain hurt as verb,noun,adjective i willbe thnkful

Friday, October 27th 2017

    To hurt (v) means to cause pain or suffering.
    hurt (n) means the feeling of pain someone experience
    hurt (adj) is the sense of feeling pain

    John hurt his friend’s feelings by declining her invitation to dinner.

    John’s friend was hurt by his declining to come to her house for dinner. That hurt lasted only a few hours, though, as John called and said he could come over after all.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thank you Mr. Adam, your teachonh methods are crisp and clear.

Sunday, October 29th 2017

Thanks everyone :)

Sunday, October 29th 2017

    You and Emma are The Best…:)

    Monday, October 30th 2017

    Thank you Adam!8)

    Tuesday, October 31st 2017

hi Adam i hope you post more of these videos where we can learn a lot of new vocabulary
wish you all the best!!!!

Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Good lesson Adam, you’re great.

Wednesday, November 1st 2017

it works! Nice

Wednesday, November 1st 2017

thank you it is very nice!!

Thursday, November 2nd 2017

I have got 10 correct out of 10.

Thanks a lot ^^

Saturday, November 4th 2017

It will be right if i write “I really feel like making you tick to do that”

Saturday, November 4th 2017

    Not really, Helen. “I really feel like making you do that.” is good enough to get the meaning.

    Monday, November 13th 2017

or not ?

Saturday, November 4th 2017

hi sir .. I am studying IELTS, today I see very first time your video your teaching style is very good .. i understand all videos ..thank u so much for such a beneficial thing…..thanks;)

Saturday, November 4th 2017

    Welcome Iram :)

    Monday, November 13th 2017

I got 10. I want to know what makes you tick Adam because you are incredibly brilliant.

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

    Well used Reza :)

    Monday, November 13th 2017

hi …i have always a problem to understand the use of could and would …. can you plz teach me in simple way… thank u

Monday, November 13th 2017

Thank you for letting us learn the ropes, Adam!

Wednesday, November 15th 2017

Thank you.

Thursday, November 16th 2017

Thanks for your lesson

Friday, November 24th 2017
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