Essential Verbs For SAT / ACT

  Verb Synonyms Antonyms Prattle Babble, Chatter, Gabble Be silent, Speak clearly Upbraid Blame, Rebuke, Reproach Praise, Compliment, Approve Covet Desire, Crave, Yearn for Give, Donate, Relinquish Exhort Encourage, Urge, Advise Discourage, Deter, Dissuade Digress Deviate, Stray, Wander Stay on topic, Stay focused, Stick to the point Polarize Divide, Split, Separate Unify, Bring together, Merge Stymie Block, Hinder, Obstruct Assist, … Read More

SAT English Vocabulary to Describe Personality

Please scroll down for a complete list of adjectives to describe personality and their synonyms. In addition to the crossword below, you will also find a multiple-choice exercise at the bottom of this page.     ADJECTIVE SYNONYM Wry Ironic, Sardonic, Dry, Snide, Sarcastic Audacious Bold, Brave, Daring Gregarious Sociable, Outgoing, Friendly Prudent Cautious, Wary, Careful Ambivalent Indecisive, Undecided, Torn … Read More

Teach or Learn?

What’s the difference between teach and learn? This is a common question in class and the difference is quite easy!  A teacher teaches in a school and students learn. TEACH – use the verb ‘teach’ to mean to instruct or to show someone how to do something.    Examples: 1).  My teacher teaches very well.  I always understand everything  2).  … Read More

Dramatic vs Tragic

When Should We Use Dramatic and When Should We Use Tragic? The words dramatic and tragic are very different in English but are often confused by learners (particularly those who speak Dutch).  Both words come from Latin & the world of theatre (i.e. tragic drama). Dramatic Meaning:  1. exciting, impressive, surprising.    2. sudden.  Dramatic is the adjective of the noun drama which means a … Read More

Phrasal Verbs with ACROSS

If you are approaching learning phrasal verbs by the particle, the category with across is fortunately quite small. There are 2 main meanings to phrasal verbs with across.  The first is similar to a preposition of movement with an action verb + across to mean to get from one side to another (as in on a road for example).  The … Read More


Phrasal verbs can be hard to learn for many different reasons.  But perhaps, the first thing to understand is that there are thousands of them.  This is why you should never attempt or even consider trying to learn all of them! Different Meanings The problem with phrasal verbs lies in the fact that the combination of the words used in … Read More


Using Phrasal Verbs or Multi-Word Verbs can be a tricky business. There are also so many, that learning them might seem like climbing a mountain. However, when you find out (discover) that many phrasal verbs have similar meanings, the list you need to learn gets a lot shorter. Organising PHRASAL VERBS into categories is a useful method as it will … Read More

Phrasal Verbs with DOWN

Most Common Phrasal Verbs with DOWN On this page, you will learn how to use the verbs; break, cut, let, put, settle, slow, turn and write with the preposition DOWN. Meaning & Examples of Phrasal Verbs with DOWN To break down means to stop working or functioning.  Example sentence: The car broke down yesterday. To cut down means to use … Read More

Get a life! Expressions with GET

COMMON EXPRESSIONS WITH GET GET A LIFE – Meaning: go and start doing something interesting Example sentence:  She just sits around the house all day.  She really needs to get a life. GET A MOVE ON – Meaning: Hurry up! or get going Example sentence:  Come on!  Let’s get a move on!  We’re going to be late. GET LOST –  … Read More

GET: common expressions

When to use GET (Elementary / A2 Level of English) Get + adjective (meaning to become) Example sentences: It’s getting dark. We have to go home now. Are you still sick? No, I’m getting better. It’s getting late. It’s already 11p.m. The children are getting tired. It’s past their bedtime. She’s getting married next year. She wants to get pregnant. … Read More