idioms and collocations



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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, …


more examples at:

A valuable advice

Source: Speak English Barcelona

used to – be used to

Today we are brushing up on Grammar related to habits and experience:


  • used + INFINITIVE – past habits and states which are now FINISHED

“I used to smoke, but now I’ve stopped.” 

“I didn’t use to drive a big car” (I didn’t drive it, but now I do)

“I used to live in London.”

  • … ‘d (would contracted) + action verbs – to talk about regular things that happened in the past . However we cannot use ‘d with state verbs like “live, like, hear, owe, possess, wish, …”

“We’d buy each other gifts every Christmas”

“When I lived in London, I’d take the underground to school everyday and I’d often go to the gym after school”. – ‘take’ and ‘go’ are action verb

  • PRESENT HABITS … present simple

“I smoke”

!!!  “to be used to … +ING”  means be FAMILIAR, it’s no longer strange or new.

“I’m used to the noise”

“I wasn’t used to driving a big car” (Driving a big car was a new and difficult experience)

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