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Illustrated Everyday Expressions with Stories 2 – Lesson 10 MCQ Test

Illustrated Everyday Expressions with Stories 2 - Lesson 10 MCQ Test

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Lesson 10 – At the gym


abide by = obey; follow

You have to abide by my rules if you want to live in my house.
You have to abide by the rules or they will make you leave.
He refused to abide by the wishes of his parents.

A: Why didn’t you abide by the speed limit?
B: I’m sorry, officer. I was late for my driving class.

apart from = except

Apart from the food, he really enjoyed his trip.
Apart from the size of the bedroom, I really liked the apartment.
She enjoyed her visit to England, apart from the weather.

A: What do you think of my car?
B: Apart from the pink paint, I think it’s great.

as if = in the manner of

He looked as if he was angry.
He acted as if nothing was wrong.
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

A: You look as if you are nervous.
B: I am. This is my first time bungee-jumping!

go for = try to do

Go for it.
If you don’t try, you will never know if you can do it. Go for it!
Their mother went for a university degree at the age of fifty-two.

A: Why is Tom trying to eat 30 donuts?
B: He’s going for a world record.

go without saying = obviously; everyone knows

It goes without saying that there will be beer at the party.
“Will it snow this winter?” “That goes without saying.”
It goes without saying that you have to attend class to get a Good grade.

A: You should wear a seat belt when you drive.
B: That goes without saying.

keep one’s fingers crossed = wish for good luck

The operation is almost complete. He looks like he’s going to be fine. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
We kept our fingers crossed as they announced the results of the contest.
Good luck! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

A: Are you going to ask her for a date tomorrow?
B: Yeah. Keep your fingers crossed!

make sure = check to be sure

Make sure you blow out the candle before you go to bed.
He made sure to lock the door when he left.
Who makes sure that these computers are turned off at night?

A: I am going to Hawaii this summer.
B: Make sure to take lots of sun screen!

run over = drive over something

You’ve got to be careful when you cross the road. You don’t want to get run over!
ran over a snake in the road this morning.
A bicyclist ran over her toe!

A: What happened to my flowers?
B: That boy ran over them on his bike.

take up = use space or time

The sofa takes up a lot of space in the living room.
Painting a house takes up a lot of time.
That old sofa takes up a lot of space. Let’s get rid of it.

A: I’m sorry to take up so much of your time, doctor.
B: No problem. I’m glad you are feeling better.

tend to = usually do; have the habit of

Dogs tend to be friendly and loyal to their owners.
His boss tends to worry about every little thing.
Traffic tends to get heavy around five in the evening.

A: I’m going to take a jacket to the movies.
B: Good idea. It tends to be cold in the theater.


When our son turned sixteen, he decided it was high time he got a driver’s license. Once our son makes up his mind to do something, he goes for it. My wife and I had to go with him to practice his driving almost every night for two weeks! It took up a lot of our time. Over all, he was a pretty good driver. He did his best to abide by the traffic rules. Apart from the time he ran over the garbage can when he was backing up, I thought he did very well.

My wife, on the other hand, was always nervous when our son got behind the steering wheel. It goes without saying that my wife tended to react more strongly when our son made a mistake. She always came back pale and exhausted after a trip in the car with our son.

Finally the day came for our son’s driving test. I told him before the test, “Make sure you watch your speed, son. You tend to go around corners too fast. Well, good luck! I’ll keep my fingers crossed

In just a few hours, my son came back with his driver’s license! I asked him how his driving test went. He said the man giving him the test was very nice. The man even asked if he could do anything to make my son more relaxed during the test. My son told him, “When I come to a traffic light you can scream as if we’re going to die. Then I’ll feel like my mom is in the car.”

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