idioms and collocations



to chip in

to chip in (v.i., informal) – contribute money (hacer un fondo común)
“Everyone in the office is chipping in for Anne leaving present”
“to chip in for charity”

to chip in sth (v.t., informal) (contribuir en un fondo común con dinero)
“They each chipped in 100 euros and bought their friend an expensive present”


to chip in a conversation or debate … (v.i., informal) intervenir, interrumpir
“Can I chip in? I just want to say that I think ….”



keep up with somebody

to keep up with somebody:
to write to, telephone, or meet a friend regularly, so that you do not forget each other

a través de keep up with somebody | meaning of keep up with somebody in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English | LDOCE


to keep something ↔ up: to continue doing something
“I don’t think I can keep this up any longer”
“keep up the good work!” (=continue to work hard and well)

Test your English


if you want to know how are you going with your English …

Source: Cambridge English

be in two minds

to be in two minds:
to be unable to decide between alternatives; be undecided about something
(North America: be of two minds)
(+ whether )I was in two minds whether or not to come this afternoon.
(+ about ) ‘Residents are of two minds about new traffic restrictions in the area.’
… I’m in two minds about it
I was in two minds about whether I should go or not.’
I was in two minds whether to write this blog or not.

‘Cause I told you too many times
It’s the little things that count which can make someone feel special
I think you’re always in two minds Continue reading “be in two minds”

Up to your eyeballs


Take a look at @bbcle’s Tweet:

Had I known …

Let’s talk about inversions. Are you ready?

Do you recognize this grammatical structures in The Fray’s song “How to Save a Life”?

I unearthed this sad and beatiful sentence:
“… And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life …”


Is there a Homophone?

Many times while watching a movie, I have heard a word that doesn’t match with the definitions I already know. Sometimes it is due to the fact that this word has several different meanings, but there are other possibilities. …Yes, things can be a little bit more complicated 😉

As a matter of fact, it is really important to notice homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.

For example:

  • there, their, they’re
  • see, sea
  • bear (to support, endure, put up with; the animal), bare (uncovered, without details, mere)
  • feet (plural of “foot”), feat (achievement, triumph; exploit)
  • ascent (‘the ascent of Everest’), assent (‘I nodded assent’)

… and so on.

I’ve found this online dictionary of homophones. I hope it can be useful next time when you don’t know the existence of other words related to that intriguing sound.

the use of “get”


Source: English in the Country

make or do

to do a favour, an exam, exercise, homework, housework, some studying, your job, the shopping, an experiment, …

to do the the ironing, the dishes, the cleaning,  …. but to make your bed, breakfast, lunch, a cake…

to make a decisión, a mistake, a choice, a comment, a call, friends, arrengements, plans, money, love, a deal with, …


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