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A practical english grammar - The present perfect and the simple past

A practical english grammar - The present perfect and the simple past
... material and information, please visit Tai Lieu Du Hoc at www.tailieuduhoc.org The present perfect and the simple past PEG 17 5-7 ,18 2-9 Put the verbs in brackets into the present perfect or simple past ... my black gloves You (see) them anywhere? ~ No, I'm afraid When you last (wear) them? ~ I (wear) them at the theatre last night ~ Perhaps you (leave) them at the theatre Do you know that lady who ... man who arrived He was the first man to arrive The captain was the last man who left the ship He got to the top and was very disappointed when he found that someone else had reached it first The...
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British English A to Z - past 10

British English A to Z - past 10
... all and sod all, the British appear to have gone to a good deal of trouble to invent ways of saying ‘nothing at all.’ 358 sweet Fanny Adams sweet Fanny Adams nothing at all Slang Fanny Adams was ... describe a major preparatory stage, e.g., The talks may prove to be a staging post on the road to peace Often, a regular stopping place, especially on air travel stall, n stand orchestra seat A stall ... Inf Sausage-shaped form, velvet stuffed with sawdust, used to keep out underthe-door drafts sausage roll Baked sausage meat in pastry See also pie; pasty; stargazey Inf Anything sausage-shaped,...
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British English A to Z - past 11

British English A to Z - past 11
... ‘prepared tar concrete poured and shaped on tea 363 a roadway to construct a hard surface.’ As a transitive verb, tarmac means to tar a road See also macadam Tarmac has now acquired the specialized ... sausages coated in batter and baked sausage in batter toastip toasted sandwich tobacconist’s shop cigar store Toc H See as dim as a Toc H lamp tod See on one’s tod toff, n Slang swell Slang A ... heard in America, faucet is also heard in Britain But Americans speak of tap-water, never faucet-water taped, adj Slang nailed down Slang One who has it all taped has thought of everything, and...
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British English A to Z - past 12

British English A to Z - past 12
... Slang A dreadful wax is a towering rage And waxy is jumpy way, n Inf To be in a way or in a great way is to be in a dither or in a tizzy rage dither; tizzy way, permanent See permanent way wayleave, ... typewriter-man; e.g., iceman, barman, etc A bag-wallah, in the old days, was a traveling salesman Nowadays the term is either old-fashioned or jocular, depending on the use wallpaper music Inf Muzak ... America in expressions like to wear several waistcoats or wear more than one waistcoat, i.e., to act in a number of different capacities In America, one is said to wear several hats to indicate...
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British English A to Z - past 2

British English A to Z - past 2
... Incidentally, indolent Americans usually sweep things under the rug carpet area floor space carriage, n car; coach freight In Britain a railroad car or coach is called a carriage; car means ‘automobile’ ... n cat-boarding kennel Also cat-breeding establishment Cattery is heard in America cattle grid, n cattle guard cattleman, n cowhand A cattleman in America is a rancher or cattle owner In Britain ... spaced about four feet apart across small streams clapper-claw, v.t beat up Slang Clapper-claw is often used intransitively in a figurative sense to mean ‘claw one’s way’, e.g to the top in a toughly...
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British English A to Z - past 3

British English A to Z - past 3
... generator, is now rarely heard; an A. C generator is now usually called an alternator, especially as an automotive part; a generator can be A. C or D.C eh each way see comment Inf At an American ... Inf Generally applied to Acts of Parliament that are ignored and made to appear useless driver, n motorman British trams (tramways) and American trolleys (trolley cars) are both practically obsolete, ... sentimental nickname for any loving couple of advanced years is supposed to have originated from an allusion in a ballad that appeared in 1 735 in a publication called Gentleman’s Magazine The...
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British English A to Z - past 4

British English A to Z - past 4
... filling, usually with a layer of whipped cream as well Flan in America is caramel custard flannel, n face cloth Also known in America as washcloth or washrag But when the British talk of a wash-cloth ... countries: as a verb, ‘engage in unauthorized warfare against a foreign power,’ as a noun, a ‘buccaneer’ or ‘pirate’ engaged in that activity In Britain, it does not have the specialized American sense ... understood or may be understood that way in some circles Fanny Adams See sweet Fanny Adams fare stage bus fare zone limit In both countries stage appears in the phrase stage of a journey, and as part...
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British English A to Z - past 5

British English A to Z - past 5
... down on have a go at See have a bash at have a mind to See minded to have an early night, Inf go to bed early have a quid each way See under each way have a read be reading Inf To have a read is ... Inf A hole-and-corner man is a shady character or operator, and hole-and-corner work is shadiness generally hole-in-the-corner, adj., Inf played down Imparting a slight connotation of shabbiness ... pronounced harrisment hard, n Slang In prison, doing hard time hardbake, n hard labor almond taffy hard-baked, adj hard-boiled The British use both terms interchangeably Also, hard-cooked and hard-bitten...
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British English A to Z - past 6

British English A to Z - past 6
... putting a given area into grazing pasture for a few years, then catching the fertility, as they say, and using that area for a particular crop A ley is a rotating pasture; variant of lea Liberal Democratic ... national Law Society and there are also many local ones in Britain just as there are a nationwide Bar Association and many local ones in America In certain matters such as the setting of ethical ... to a China orange means the odds are a hundred to one (or a thousand to one) Variations are: all Lombard Street to a Brummagem sixpence (see Brum): to ninepence, to an egg-shell long, adj...
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British English A to Z - past 7

British English A to Z - past 7
... fairs to the visitor for they crackle with the festive air of a bazaar Such a town is called a market town market garden truck farm A market gardener is a truck farmer, and market garden and truck ... mash, n mashed potatoes Inf Occasionally, creamed potatoes in Britain A pub used to present sausages and mash in the public bar at three shillings and sausages and creamed potatoes in the saloon ... Britain) is the equivalent of Gangway! See Pleasure! Americans are told ad nauseam to have a good day not best pleased not too happy not by a long chalk, Inf Inf not by a long shot Britons waste...
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British English A to Z - past 8

British English A to Z - past 8
... See also chock -a- block packet, n package The delivery man in Britain leaves a packet at the door; in America this would be a package Applied to cigarettes, the American term is pack Pay packet ... through water, mud, snow, or any obstructive material, rather than engaging in a pleasant aquatic pastime paddy, n Inf Paddywhack is a variant tantrum page, n Sometimes hotel page or page-boy Occasionally ... word almost always appears in the expression such a palaver I’d love to go to the opera but getting tickets is such a palaver! palette-knife, n spatula It can also mean what it does in America: a...
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British English A to Z - past 9

British English A to Z - past 9
... or questionable A teacher might characterize a student’s performance (the British often use alpha, beta, gamma, rather than A, B, C in marking) as beta-alpha query, or beta, query alpha, i.e., ... in streams and an occasional moat Eaten very rarely, if at all, nowadays road-metal See metalled road road, n way Inf The British use road in a number of instances where Americans use way In someone’s ... up shares of stock through tempting offers to shareholders, a takeover attempt railway, scenic See scenic railway; switchback railway carriage See carriage rain stair-rods Inf rain cats and dogs...
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British English A to Z - past 1

British English A to Z - past 1
... over tip, Slang arsy-tarsy, Slang arsy-versy, adv., Slang arterial road Synonymous with major road and trunk road Inf head over heels Slang ass-backwards vice versa; backwards main road articled ... (goods trains), as opposed to guard’s van, which applies to passenger trains Brake-vans are cars that enable brakemen to reach and operate a train’s brakes bramble, n., v.i To go brambling is to go ... rather than income tax Those wishing to pass on capital to their families without attracting any liability to tax .-. - .- (Note to tax rather than for tax; see Appendix I .A. 1 on preposition usage...
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