Archive for the ‘Vocabulario’ Category

Working With/Without a Break

January 15, 2012

When swamped with work & the deadline fast approaching:

1.should one continue to work his/her fingers to the bone?

2. would a break be in order to recharge the batteries?

3. if the break should mean missing the deadline but result in 

producing better work, would taking the break be wise?


More English vocabulary

January 18, 2010

I. Choose the word that correctly completes the expression:

1. a jaunty _______
(a) appear (b) appearance (c) appeared (d) pear

2. a search-and- _______ operation
(a) rescue (b) run (c) save (d) hope

3. lavish _______
(a) spent (b) sent (c) spending (d) sending

4. veering toward ______
(a) a disasters (b) disasterous (c) disastrous (d) disaster

5. sifting through _________
(a) a rubble (b) rubbles (c) the rubble (d) the rubbles

6. a _______ recuperation
(a) sustain (b) sustaining (c) sustained (d) sustains

7. wrenching ______
(a) joy (b) hungered (c) hunger (d) joys

8. expedite ______
(a) decisions (b) decide (c) decided (d) decides

9. an ______ spree
(a) eats (b) eat (c) eating (d) ate

10. all-in-_____
(a) one (b) zero (c) once (d) two

11. bridge ____ gap
(a) all (b) any (c) now (d) not

12. a huge recall of _______
(a) an car (b) a cars (c) cars (d) that cars

13. They went ______ hog and ordered all the trimmings.
(a) half (b) whole (c) quarter (d) no

14. His salary maxed _____ at $25,000.
(a) in (b) on (c) up (d) out

15. What are the ______ and bolts of good nutrition?
(a) nuts (b) a nuts (c) nut (d) note

16. Although they cannot search through everything, they will conduct spot ______.
(a) check (b) checked (c) checks (d) checker

17. Many people were still found to be suffering in the area that was ______ by the earthquake.
(a) ravage (b) ravaged (c) ravages (d) no ravage

18. After having worked for a whole month without a holiday, she _____ ____ a day off.
(a) fancy taking (b) fancied took (c) fancied takes (d) fancied taking

19. He spent many _____ nights worrying about his finances.
(a) sleepness (b) unsleepness (c) sleepless (d) unsleepless

20. Their plans to graduate at the end of the semester ____ amok.
(a) ran (b) runned (c) running (d) runs

II. Use each of the following words in sentences that make their meanings clear.

1. befuddled
2. sprightly
3. bewildered
4. minutiae
5. bemused
6. quirkily
7. stymied
8. meander
9. dawdling
14.bracing for

Synonyms and Antonyms

December 28, 2009

I. What are good synonyms for each word that follows? Where possible list the antonyms.

1, anomaly

2. crass

3. perfunctory

4. puerile

5. recrimination

6. spry

7. equanimity

8. bountiful

9. courtly

10. crescendo

11. vitriolic

12. obsequious

13. suave

14. abortive

15. coy

16. insipid

17. gibberish

18. fastidious

19. erudite

20. diligence

II. Match the words in list A with the ones in list B that have opposite meanings.

List A.
1. anomaly

2. crass

3. coy

4. bountiful

5. insipid

6. abortive

7. equanimity

8. perfunctory

9. scathing

10. suave

List B
a. fruitful

b. exciting

c. custom

d. flattering

e. meager

f. anxiety

g. brazen

h. scant

i. surly

j. courtly

Do you know these expressions?

December 28, 2009

Use the following expressions in sentences to illustrate the meaning of each one.

1. It’s not rocket science.

2. What goes around comes around.

3. the bottom line

4. When all is said and done

5. at first blush

6. going forward

7. at the end of the day

8. revolutionary age

9. thinking outside the box

10. Don’t shoot the messenger.


December 24, 2009

Can you put each one of the following into sentences to explain its meaning:

1. rocky investments

2. a rumpus over the accusations

3. a sprawled out on the grass

4. offsetting costs

5. time-strapped

6. vacancies abound

7. avuncular demeanor

8. squeaky-clean character

9. cutting corners during a financial downturn

10. drum up business

11. bird’s-eye view of the glacier

12. an absolute eyeopener

13. in-your-face

14. fraught with

15. good intent

Interesting Words

August 11, 2009

Adam Jacot de Boinod wrote:


When photographers attempt to bring out our smiling faces by asking us
to “Say Cheese”, many countries appear to follow suit with English equivalents. In Spanish however they say patata (potato), in Argentinian Spanish whisky, in French steak frites, in Serbia ptica (bird) and in Danish appelsin (orange). Do you know of any other varieties from around the world’s languages? See more on


fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
dry spell.


August 9, 2009


1. ads adds

2. air hair

3. aisle I’ll

4. allowed aloud 5. beat beet 6. pain pane

7. wring ring 8. soar sore 9. soared sword

10.sole soul

11. some sum 12. suite sweet

13.threw through 14. throne thrown 15. tail tale

16.rose rows

17. rote wrote 18, stair stare

19.colonel kernal 20. fair fare

21. road rode rowed

22.compliment complement

23. knot not


1. divers diverse

2. human humane

English Grammar Quiz

January 25, 2009

1.If only the weather __________ this good all year round.
2.She wishes that she __________ at home now.
3.It is essential that everyone __________ fairly.
4.It is important that she _________ on time.
5.She wishes that she _________ a date for the wedding.
6.If they __________ the lottery , they would travel more.
7.It is in their interest that they _________ cooperative with the manager.
8.It is recommended that he ________ a vacation.
9.The nurse says that she _________ rest.
10.If it_______so expensive, we ______ ______ able to afford it.


January 16, 2009

Educational Websites

December 25, 2007


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