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Illustrated Everyday Expressions with Stories 2 – Lesson 4 MCQ Test

Illustrated Everyday Expressions with Stories 2 - Lesson 4 MCQ Test

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Lesson 4 – In the hospital


a steal = very cheap; a very good price

Wow! what a steal!
My friend sold me his old car. It was a steal!
The land next to the river is a steal! You should buy it.

A: I just bought a DVD player for $95!
B: Wow! What a steal!

at hand = near (time or space)

The game is at hand. Now get in there and do your best.
Christmas is at hand. I have to buy gifts for my family.
When I was a child, my mother was always close at hand.

A: I fear that war is at hand.
B: Don’t worry. I’m sure the countries will reach an agreement.

get better = improve

Don’t worry. You’ll get better.
His cold got better after he took a day off work.
Her singing will get better if she practices every day.

A: This movie is boring!
B: Don’t worry. It gets better.

more or less = approximately; almost

The male and female fish look more or less the same.
My cousin and I are more or less the same age.
The airline tickets were more or less the same price.

A: Which shirt is better?
B: They are more or less the same quality.

on hand = near and ready for use

Do you have any water on hand?
Do you have any bandages on hand? I cut myself.
There is a representative on hand twenty-four hours a day to help customers.

A: There’s going to be five extra people at the party.
B: No problem. We have plenty of food on hand.

on one’s own = without help from others

Little Jimmy was proud of his sculpture of a giraffe. which he’d made on his own.
She has lived on her own since she was twenty- two.
He cooked this whole meal on his own without any help from his mother.

A: Do you need help fixing the sink?
B: No, thanks. I can do it on my own.

refer to A as B = use the name B for A

Stop referring to me as your ‘man’. I’m not your ‘man’!
He referred to his classmate as his friend even though they only studied together.
Many people refer to this book as the author’s greatest work.

A: What did your teacher say about your paper?
B: He referred to it as the work of a genius!

take one’s time = slowly; in a relaxed way

OK, Billy. Now, take your time and decide.
She took her time and made sure she did not make any mistakes on the test.
He is taking his time getting ready. He wants to look nice.

A: I’ll be there as soon as I can!
B: Take your time. The movie doesn’t start until 3:00.

think highly of = have a good opinion of

You don’t think highly of me, do you?
Her teacher thought highly of her ability to draw.
He doesn’t think very highly of his neighbors.

A: Mr. Henry is such a great teacher!
B: Yes. All the students think highly of him.

try out = do or use to see if something works correctly

We’re ready to try it out.
Don’t buy the bike until you try it out first.
tried out several software programs, but none of them were good.

A: Your skateboard looks really fun.
B: It is! Why don’t you try it out?


My Brazilian friend has only lived in the United States for six months, but his English is great. Before he came to the US, he studied in a language school, but mostly he learned English on his own from reading English books and watching movies. He had learned basic conversation before he arrived in the US. Then, after he got here, his vocabulary and listening got better very quickly. I would say that he is now more or less fluent in English. However, sometimes he still has trouble with idioms.

One day, he asked me to help him buy some jewelry for his girlfriend back in Brazil. Her birthday was close at hand and he wanted to get something nice. He showed me a picture of his girlfriend before we went shopping. When I saw the picture I said, “Wow! Your girlfriend is a real spring chicken.”

My friend asked me, “Why do you refer to my girlfriend as a chicken?”

I explained to my friend, “I just mean your girlfriend is very young and beautiful”

At the jewelry store, they had several very nice necklaces on hand. I suggested that we take our time and look at several stores, but my friend found a diamond necklace that was a steal. He called the saleswoman over to buy it.

As the saleswoman was taking out the necklace, my friend decided to try out the new idiom he learned. He showed the saleswoman the picture of his girlfriend asked, “Don’t you think she is a chicken noodle?”

My friend’s English may not be perfect, but I still think highly of it.

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